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On 26 April 2018, the European Commission (the “Commission“) published a long awaited draft regulation on promoting fairness and transparency in online platforms, introducing some new rules for the operators of platforms (including price comparison websites) which are designed to improve transparency and fairness (the “Regulation“). We take a look at why the Commission is concerned about online platforms and how these concerns are being addressed. Competition law and digital markets Online platforms have long been the focus of competition –Read More–

Summary The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that price discrimination by a dominant firm is not in itself illegal under competition law. However, it will infringe Article 102 TFEU if it is capable of distorting competition between the dominant firm’s upstream or downstream trading partners. The judgment provides useful guidance to firms with significant market power, their rivals and trading partners. It remains to be seen whether it will make EU competition authorities more inclined to pursue –Read More–