Focus Antitrust - 12 September 2018
In The News
Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds CMA’s Ping decision
The Competition Appeal Tribunal has upheld the CMA’s online sales ban decision in relation to Ping, which found that Ping had imposed a prohibition on its retailers from selling its golf clubs online. However, the Tribunal decided to reduce the fine imposed by the CMA by £200,000 (to £1.25 million), on the basis that it considered the CMA was wrong to treat director involvement as an aggravating factor in this case. Click here.
European Commission clears Apple's acquisition of Shazam
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple following a phase 2 investigation. The Commission concluded that the merged entity would not be able to shut out competing providers of digital music streaming services by accessing commercially sensitive information about their customers or by restricting access to the Shazam app. The Commission also found that the integration of Shazam's and Apple's datasets on user data would not confer a unique advantage on the merged entity in the markets on which it operates. Click here.
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