Author Archives: stakheyeva

WARNİNG FOR BUSİNESS: PROVİDİNG INACCURATE İNFORMATİON TO COMPETİTİON AUTHORİTY MAY BE COSTLY

The recent 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 […]

MAİN COMPETİTİON CONCERNS İN E-COMMERCE SECTOR: HİGHLİGHTS OF THE EC’s FİNAL REPORT

Following a year of e-commerce sector inquiry, on 10 May 2017 the European Commission published its Final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry (“Report”) outlining prevailing market trends and competition concerns linked to e-commerce, ultimately identifying priorities for enforcing the competition rules. Companies that are active in the e-commerce sector may wish to pay a […]

BOOKING.COM: TEMPORARY ACCESS BARRIER IMPOSED BY THE TURKISH COURT ON UNFAIR COMPETITION GROUNDS

On 29 March 2017 Istanbul’s 5th Commercial court of First Instance ruled on temporary suspension of Booking.com’s activities in Turkey on the unfair competition grounds. The Turkish court ruled in favor of Turkish Travel Agencies Association (“TURSAB”), and instructed the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (“BTK”) to freeze Booking.com’s reservation processes/search facilities for hotels in […]

ONLINE SALES BANS AND ‘LUXURY IMAGE’ JUSTIFICATION: TO BE CLARIFIED BY ECJ

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in a couple of months is expected to deliver its long-awaited guidance on the legality of online sales bans in selective distribution agreements in the EU and their possible justification under the “luxury image” argument. The ruling may shed a light on the permissibility of online sales bans, in […]

Google is under the TCA’s antitrust scrutiny again

Following the Turkish administrative court decision,  the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) on 6 March 2017 decided to reverse its 2015 decision and open an investigation into Google in order to re-assess whether it violated Article 4 (anticompetitive agreement and concerted practices) and Article 6 (abuse of dominance) of the Turkish Competition Law in relation to […]

New Anonymous Whistleblower Tool: Individuals In Fight Against Anti-Competitive Practices

Starting from 16 March 2017 individuals can help the European Commission (“EC”) in uncovering cartels and other anti-competitive practices without disclosing their identity due to availability of external service provider and encrypted communications with the EC (“whistleblowing tool”). A new “whistleblowing tool” has been launched by the EC to enable individuals who have knowledge of […]

Scrap automotive batteries market is again on the agenda of competition authority(s)

This month the scrap automotive batteries market is in the centre of attention: the European Commission fined 3 companies a total of EUR 68 million for a cartel on fixing (low) prices for purchasing scrap automotive batteries. The decision may reactivate interest of the competition authorities in other jurisdictions in scrutinizing the market for scrap […]