Facebook Case & Warning for Business: Providing Inaccurate Information to Competition Authority May Be Costly

The USD 122 million fine imposed on 18 May 2017 by the European Commission on Facebook for providing inaccurate information about WhatsApp 2014 acquisition serves as a loud reminder for business that non-compliance with any aspect of competition/merger rules – including obligation to provide information – may be rather costly. Background In its notification back…

Suspected Anticompetitive Practices In E-Commerce: European Commission Is Investigating 3 Cases

On 2 February 2017 the European Commission on its own initiative launched three separate antitrust investigations into the e-commerce market, focusing on whether the suspected companies active in the consumer electronics, video games and hotel accommodation sectors violate the EU competition rules by preventing consumers (via certain online sales practices) from enjoying cross-border offers due…