The EU Commission announces it will use its interim measures in investigating a major chipmaker’s abuse of dominance (Broadcom)

Key Takeaways In a potentially ground-breaking move, the European Commission recently announced its intention to use its powers to impose interim measures in an investigation targeting chipmaker Broadcom. If it does impose such measures, it would be the first use of these powers in 18 years. The Commission is investigating whether Broadcom’s practices in the supply of components for TV set-top boxes and modems amount to an abuse of dominance. The proposed interim measures are aimed at preventing Broadcom from causing harm to competition during the period of the Commission’s investigation. The Commission has, in the past, been reluctant to use interim measures largely due to the significant evidentiary and procedural hurdles it must overcome. However, recent statements by officials have

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Alec J. Burnside, Clemens York von Wartenburg, Adam Kidane, The EU Commission announces it will use its interim measures in investigating a major chipmaker’s abuse of dominance (Broadcom), 26 June 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2019, Art. N° 91189

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