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Arbitrability of Antitrust Disputes

[Avnish Prakash and Sakshi Jha are 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) students at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur] Arbitration is a private and consensual mode of dispute settlement which has gained immense importance in the contemporary commercial era. Fundamentally, disputes before arbitration must be of private nature, as it is not considered appropriate if disputes with public...

CCI’s Rigid Approach in Holding Discount Control Policy Anti-Competitive

[Yagya Sharma is a 5th year BA LLB student at Institute of Law, Nirma University] On 23 August 2021, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in In Re: Alleged anti-competitive conduct by Maruti Suzuki India Limited in implementing discount control policy vis-à-vis dealers has imposed a penalty of ₹200 crores and passed a cease-and-desist order against Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL). The...

Competition Concerns in the Cab Aggregators’ Market

[Lavanya Gupta and Shreya Mukherjee are final year students at Symbiosis Law School, Pune] Five years after the initiation of the case, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) recently rendered its decision on Uber’s alleged dominance in Meru Travel Solutions Pvt. Ltd. v. Uber India Systems Pvt. Ltd. In its case against Uber, Meru alleged that Uber was misusing its dominant market position to...

Confidentiality Rings under Competition Law: Need for Ironing out Wrinkles

[Amritesh Anand and Krishnanunni U are penultimate year students at Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad] Antitrust investigations, by their very nature, involve extensive access to commercially sensitive information of entities being investigated, some of which is inherently ‘confidential’. Hence, it becomes imperative for competition authorities to institute sufficient checks and balances in...

The Trilemma of Luxury Brands, Selective Distribution and Competition: An Indian Perspective

[Anmol Ratan is a fourth-4th year law student at National Law School of India University,  Bengaluru] From high-end haute couture fashion houses of Dior and Chanel to premium automobile brands of Rolls Royce and Porche, it is evident that luxury brands are manifesting their presence in various emerging global markets, and India is no different. With the advent of liberalisation and globalisation...

Is There a Period of Limitation Governing CCI Filings?

[Shreya Kapoor is a 2nd year B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law University Odisha] In its order dated 4 May 2021 in Neha Gupta v. Tata Motors, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) was presented with allegations of anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of dominance under sections 3 and 4 of the Competition Act (Act). More pertinently, before deciding to order an inquiry into the alleged...

Deconstructing the Google Meet Case under Competition Law

[Tushar Chitlangia and Nikshetaa Jain are 2nd Year BBA.LLB (Hons.) students at National Law University, Odisha] In the recent case of Baglekar Akash Kumar v Google (“G-Meet case”), the Competition Commission of India (“Commission”) has held that the integration of G-Meet and Gmail does not violate sections 4(2)(d) and 4(2)(e) of the Competition Act (“Act”). The Commission has held that as users...

CCI’s “Control” Quandary: Practice, Precedent, And Proposals

[Prateek Bhattacharya is Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Associate Dean & Associate Director, Centre for Postgraduate Legal Studies at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University] As the Competition Commission of India (CCI) completes 10 years of its merger control regime, it has begun to settle down as an ex ante regulator of mergers so as to become the effective...

CCI on WhatsApp Privacy Policy: Some Inspirations, Some Questions

[Raghav Harini N is a final year B.A.LL.B. (Hons) student at ILS Law College, Pune] The Competition Commission of India (CCI), in a recent order, has caused the Director General (DG) to investigate the controversial privacy policy and terms of service of WhatsApp (the policy). It has concluded that the policy prima facie violates section 4 of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act). This decision...

CCI on Interim Measures in Digital Markets

[Mohini Parghi is a IV Year B.A. LLB (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad] The Competition Commission of India passed an interim order on 9 March 2021 in the ongoing case involving a complaint against MakeMyTrip, Go-Ibibo and Oyo alleging anticompetitive practices under sections 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002. The case is expected to be instrumental in shaping the...

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