Sector: Technology, media, entertainment & telecommunications

On 15 June 2012, the New Zealand Commerce Commission declined the application by epay (owned by US payment processor Euronet Worldwide) for clearance to buy New Zealand-owned company Ezi-Pay. Ezi-Pay and epay each distribute a...

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Software giant Microsoft was hit with a fine of 860 million euros by Europe’s second highest court on 27 June 2012 (see the press release here).  The fine applies to Microsoft’s non-compliance with its information-sharing...

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Spiderman caught in a web of antitrust

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Producers of the most expensive show in Broadway history, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, have filed a lawsuit against the musical’s former (Tony Award-winning) director Julie Taymor. The plaintiffs, 8 Legged Productions, have alleged that...

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KFTC investigates Google’s practices

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

South Korea’s competition authority, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, is investigating claims that Google has been abusing its dominant position in the market by blocking alternative search engines on its Android-powered mobile telephones.  The investigation...

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On 19 May 2012, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced its conditional approval of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings by Google. China was the final jurisdiction to clear this transaction, thus removing the last...

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Korean IT companies hit by dawn raids

May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

In April 2012, Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) conducted a series of dawn raids targeting four multinational information technology companies. The premises of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and SAP were raided due to concerns of anti-competitive behaviour...

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On Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012, the ACCC played relationship counsellor in the telco space by ‘declaring’ wholesale ADSL services under section 152AL of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 such that access to those...

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Third-line forcing occurs when a supplier agrees to supply its goods/services to a customer on condition that the customer acquires goods/services of a particular type from an unrelated third person specified by the supplier.  This constitutes a...

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