Posts tagged as: Antitrust

US Supreme Court Rules Apple App Store Case Can Move Forward

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that an antitrust lawsuit can proceed against Apple for the way it runs its App Store. Today’s ruling only affirms that the consumers bringing the suit have the right to do so; it does not touch on the merits of the case. The case will now proceed in lower […]

Federal Court Rules Qualcomm Must License Some Patents To Competitors

Qualcomm was dealt a blow by U.S. Federal Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday, who ruled that the chip giant must license some of its mobile technology patents to competing companies. The preliminary ruling was made against the backdrop of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, which is scheduled to reach the trial phase […]

EU Will Investigate How Amazon Works With Third-Party Merchants And Customer Data

European Union antitrust authorities have begun a preliminary investigation into Amazon.com Inc.’s treatment of other merchants that sell products using its platform, opening a new regulatory front against an American tech giant. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that investigators recently sent out questionnaires to merchants that sell through Amazon . The probe focuses […]

GSMA Puts eSIM Development On Hold Due DoJ Inquiry

The GSMA telecommunications group this weekend said it will pause work on the eSIM standard while the U.S. Justice Department completes its investigation over the technology. The Justice Department alleges that AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and the GSMA have been colluding to make it more difficult for consumers to take advantage of the benefit of eSIMs. […]

AT&T, Verizon Face DOJ Investigation Over Lock eSIMs

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon for secretly colluding to put carrier-locking ability into the new eSIM industry standard, according to the New York Times. eSIM technology eliminates the physical SIM card that gives a phone its number and identity on the network, replacing it with a virtual SIM that can be loaded […]

Intel, Samsung File Amicus Briefs Supporting FTC in Qualcomm Lawsuit

Intel and Samsung support the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation against Qualcomm and have filed amicus briefs making public their complaints. The FTC hit Qualcomm with legal action in January and suggested that the company’s patent licensing practices may violate monopoly regulations. Intel and Samsung look to agree. “Intel is ready, willing, and able to […]

App Store Antitrust Case Against Apple Is Moving Forward

An on-going lawsuit accusing Apple of holding a monopoly on the market for iPhone apps has been given new life today thanks to an appeals court ruling. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Apple’s sole distribution method of mobile apps for the iPhone may be anticompetitive. The original lawsuit was filed in 2012. […]

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission Fines Qualcomm $850 Million

Qualcomm has been one of the most fined company in the smartphone business of late. In just two years, the US-based company was forced to pay almost $200 million in fines. The last fine Qualcomm was hit with dates from last year when the company had to pay $975 million in China after it was found […]

Google Staring Down Likely €3B fine for Antitrust

Alphabet subsidiary Google is in line for fines totaling at least €3 billion ($3.4 billion) from the EU for abuse of its monopoly position in search. The European Commission investigation into Google’s search practices dates back to 2010, with officials in Brussels said to be close to issuing its findings and the final penalty, reports […]

Hyundai, Kia Ordered to Cut Cross Holdings

South Korea’s antitrust regulator ordered Hyundai Motor Group to cut cross-shareholdings strengthened by a merger between two steelmaking affiliates. Hyundai Steel Co. merged with another steelmaking affiliate, Hyundai Hysco, on July 1, the Fair Trade Commission said in a statement. The commission gave Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. until Thursday to reduce the […]

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