The Dutch Competition Authority imposes periodic penalties on a Big Tech company for non-compliance with its earlier decision finding abuse of dominance against developers of dating apps by limiting their choice of a payment system (Apple)

On 24 January 2022, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM”) decided to impose periodic penalties on Apple for its failure to comply with a decision of 24 August 2021 requiring Apple to change its App Store payment rules. In that decision, the ACM found that Apple had abused its dominant position and infringed Article 102 TFEU by limiting developers of dating apps in their choice of a payment system, in particular by prohibiting them from referring customers to outside-app payment options. In December 2021, the Rotterdam Court of First Instance affirmed the ACM’s decision and ordered Apple to comply with the remedies imposed by the ACM by 15 January 2022. The ACM has now decided that Apple has failed to implement proper remedies and must pay a weekly penalty payment of € 5

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Lynn Waem, Andreas Reindl, The Dutch Competition Authority imposes periodic penalties on a Big Tech company for non-compliance with its earlier decision finding abuse of dominance against developers of dating apps by limiting their choice of a payment system (Apple), 24 janvier 2022, e-Competitions January 2022, Art. N° 105022

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