Visa’s bid to acquire fintech startup Plain Inc facing antitrust review

Visa Inc’s $5.3 billion acquisition of fintech startup Plaid Inc is facing antitrust scrutiny following the U.S. Justice Department filing a court petition on Tuesday demanding more information on the transaction. The DoJ is reviewing the proposed deal to check whether it violates provisions of antitrust law. It has filed a petition with a U.S. district…

U.S. considering blocking sale of GE engines for China’s passenger plane: sources

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, the U.S. government is weighing options which include stopping General Electric Co from continuing to supply engines for China’s passenger jet. The development will cast a shadow of uncertainty over China’s efforts to enter the civil aviation market. The potential restriction on the sale of plane…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…

Qualcomm’s licensing practices are in violation of U.S. antitrust law – court ruling

The ruling has significant ramifications for Qualcomm. The U.S. chipmaker has yet to disclose whether it will go on an appeal. In what is likely to be a landmark ruling, a U.S. judged has ruled that Qualcomm Inc has unlawfully suppressed competition in the market for cellphone chips and used its dominant position to impose…

U.S. telecom regulators to announce conditions for approving Sprint-T-Mobile merger

Before they give a go-ahead to the merger, regulators will have to factor in the potential loss of competition which will lead to higher consumer prices against the prospect of a more powerful No. wireless carrier which can work to build a faster, better next generation 5G wireless network. According to sources U.S. regulators are…

France’s competition regulator orders review of Google’s Advertisement policies

According to Google, the issue revolves around Amadeus charging consumers for services that are available for free, or for a nominal charge; this practice is against its internal policies which prohibit ads for services that can be obtained for free or at a lower price from the government or another public source. In a significant…

Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore fines Uber & Grab a combined total of $9.5 million

Following an investigation Singapore’s antitrust watchdog concluded that Grab’s purchase of Uber’s Southeast Asian business has harmed consumers in Singapore. It has suggested remedial measures. Following Uber Technologies Inc’s sale of its Southeast Asian business to its regional rival Grab in March 2018, Singapore’s anti-trust watchdog has levied a combined fine of $9.5 million on…

Grab-Uber deal has reduced competition in Singapore: antitrust regulator

Singapore’s antitrust regulator, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has threatened Uber Technologies and Grab that it could potentially unwind their deal unless its proposed remedies, or any further remedies, have sufficiently been able to address competition concerns and are practically implementable. On Thursday, in a blow to the Grab-Uber deal, Singapore’s antitrust…