Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Romano Subiotto QC David R. Little Romi Lepetska describe The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts.
ABSTRACT: The Commission's most high-profile Article 102 investigations of 2015—Gazprom, Google, and Qualcomm—remained open at the end of 2016. Each of these companies received Statements of Objections (‘SO’) shortly after Commissioner Vestager took office. The Gazprom and Qualcomm investigations appear close to resolution. Conversely, the Commission's Google investigations seem no closer to a final outcome. In 2016, the Commission issued two SOs addressed to Google: one relating to Google's advertising and intermediation service, AdSense, and the other relating to the Android operating system. The Commission also issued a Supplementary SO in relation to the Google ‘Shopping’ service. A number of other investigations that were opened in 2015 or in which an SO was issued are ongoing, with no major developments announced in 2016.