TagCompetition Law

Platform Neutrality by E-Commerce Platforms: A Competition Law Requirement?

In January 2020, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) released a Market Study on E-Commerce. The Study focused on competition aspects pertaining to e-commerce marketplaces and platforms. It identified five issues in this respect: (i) platform neutrality; (ii) platform-to-business contract terms; (iii) platform price parity clauses; (iv) exclusive agreements; and (v) deep discounting. These...

Facebook-Jio Deal: Big Data, Competition and Privacy

[Anupriya Dhonchak is a IV year student at the National Law University, Delhi] Facebook recently signed an all cash deal worth ₹ 43,574 crores to acquire a 9.99 percent stake in Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL). It is the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) in the technology sector in India thus far. The deal brings together Jio, India’s biggest telecom and...

An Evidence Based Analysis of Relevant Market: The Case of Ridesharing in Delhi National Capital Region (India)

[Amol Kulkarni is Director (Research), at CUTS International, Jaipur, India. Swasti Gupta is a Research Associate at CUTS International, Jaipur, India. Parveer Singh Ghuman is a former employee of CUTS International who participated in the study. Ujjwal Kumar is a Policy Analyst at CUTS International, Jaipur, India. This post was originally published in the Oxford Business Law Blog, and can be...

Competition Conundrum during the Crisis

[Surbhi Lahoti is a fourth year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai] COVID-19, a health emergency, has taken an unprecedented toll on the world economy. The lockdowns in India have resulted in supply chain disruption and panic buying by the consumers even after multiple assurances from the Government. The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 regulates the prices of the essential goods and...

‘Control’ under the Competition Law Regime: Is the Ambiguity Finally Settled?

[Abhishek Tripathy is a IV year student and Akshita Totla a III year student, both at the Institute of Law, Nirma University] The Ministry of Corporate Affairs introduced the Draft Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in February 2020. The Bill was a result of efforts of the Competition Law Review Committee, which was established with the objective of suggesting amendments to the Competition Act...

Buyers’ Cartels in Indian Competition Law: Is it Time?

[Adyasha Samal is a student at the Hidayatullah National Law University] On 20 February 2020, the Ministry of Corporate affairs sought public comments on the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2020, which proposes sweeping substantive and procedural changes to the Competition Act 2002 (the “Act”). Among these is the significant inclusion of buyers’ cartels within the definition of cartels in section...

Settlements and Commitments in the Indian Competition Regime: Construing Practicality

[Ashu Bhargav is a student at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and Yavipriya Gupta at the Hidayatullah National Law University] The Indian competition law regime has witnessed significant developments in the past decade, as a consequence of which the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has proposed a set of amendments to the existing Competition Act 2002 (the Act), in its Draft Competition...

Leniency Plus: A Potential Minus To The Indian Competition Framework?

[Vedantha Sai is a 4th year student at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi, India] Acting upon the Report of the Competition Law Review Committee, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 20 February 2020 introduced the Draft Competition (Amendment) Bill with the object of filling several gaps and revamping the competition law framework in India. It incorporates several...

Competition Law and the Deep Discounting Conundrum

[Akanshha Agrawal is a III year student at the National Law University, Delhi An earlier version of this post was published by the Kluwer Competition Law Blog] The changing market dynamics in the digital era have raised several concerns with competition regulators across the world, triggering a host of studies for a better understanding the issue. In doing its part, the Competition Commission of...

Price Gouging in the Age of Coronavirus: An Analysis of the Regulatory Strategies

[S.S. Shri Lakshmi is a 3rd year student at Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)] Amidst all the panic caused by the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the international economy has suffered a beating. Factories across China have closed, bringing exports to a halt and oil stocks have plummeted due to a drastic cut in travel. At the same time however, specific industries have...

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