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The European Commission has sent two Statements of Objections to Qualcomm in separate investigations, outlining the Commission's preliminary view that the company has abused a dominant position in the worldwide markets for 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) baseband chipsets, in breach of Article 102. The Commission considers that Qualcomm may have illegally paid a major customer for exclusively using its chipsets and sold chipsets below cost with the aim of forcing a competitor out of the market. Click here.
The CMA has opened an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements relating to UK online sales of licensed sport and entertainment merchandise and other consumer products. As part of its investigation, the CMA conducted searches on 1 December 2015 at the headquarters of a UK company, Trod Limited, as well as the domestic premises of one of its officers. Click here.
The CMA has opened an investigation into a suspected abuse of a dominant position related to discounts offered for a pharmaceutical product. The CMA has not disclosed any further details of the investigation at this stage. Click here.
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