Google files a legal challenge in India's SC against the ruling of country's antitrust watchdog. CCI in October fined the Alphabet Inc unit $161 million for exploiting its dominant position in the market for Android. Google's Supreme Court filing seeks to put the CCI decision on hold while its appeal is heard, said one person familiar with the matter on Saturday.
According to the fair trade regulator, there is a prima facie case for certain actions of Zomato and Swiggy. CCI has requested its director general to conduct a thorough investigation into the claims and provide a report within two months. In July last year, the association filed a complaint with the antitrust commission, alleging data masking, deep discounting, and platform neutrality violations
The association comprises more than 2,000 sellers across the country, with its members selling various products on e-commerce marketplaces. According to the association, there exist anti-competitive arrangements amongst the entities, resulting in alleged lack of platform neutrality on Amazon.In. The lack of platform neutrality on the marketplace and preferential treatment is resulting in a foreclosure of competition on the marketplace, it added.
Digital News Publishers Association filed complaint against Alphabet Inc, Google LLC, Google India Private Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd. It said that more than 50 per cent of the total traffic on the news websites is routed through Google. being the dominant player, Google, by way of its algorithms, determines which news website gets discovered via search, it added.
Kingfisher maker United Breweries is faced with a fine of Rs 751.8 crore. NCLAT bench has directed United Breweries to deposit 10 per cent of the penalty amount withing three weeks. The NCLAT has also directed the CCI and the All India Brewers Association to file replies over the notices issued by it.
Google said that it aims to prevent any further unlawful disclosures of confidential findings by CCI’s investigative arm. Google is protesting against the breach of confidence which impairs Google’s ability to defend itself and harms itself and its partners. Google has "not yet received or reviewed this confidential report".
The Indian case was filed by a little-known, non-profit group which argues Apple`s fee of up to 30% hurts competition. Unlike Indian court cases, filings and details of cases reviewed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) are not made public. The CCI will review the case and could order its investigations arm to conduct a wider probe, or dismiss it altogether.
WhatsApp and Facebook have also challenged the CCI's asking them to furnish certain information for the purpose of inquiry conducted by it. The division bench of the high court had on May 6 issued notices on the appeals and asked the Centre to respond to it. The court had said it saw no merit in the petitions.