Articles about Fair Trade Commission

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South Korea mulls TREEELLION-Won fine for Qualcomm

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has Qualcomm in its sights again, telling the Korea Times the company could be up for a trillion-won fine (nearly US$880 million) over anti-trust violations. The fine (which would set a KFTC record) concerns an ongoing dispute in South Korea over how Qualcomm levies royalties for its …

Qualcomm tries to figure out if Apple, Samsung made it anti-trusted

Sick of the slings and arrows of antitrust regulators, Qualcomm is demanding to know what its tattling customers have been saying to South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. In subpoenas [PDF, PDF] filed in the US District Court of Northern California last week, Qualy demands internal memos and documents from Samsung, Apple, Intel …

Qualcomm huffs and puffs at Korean competition probe

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm disclosed on Wednesday that it has been accused of violating South Korea's competition law. The company could be hit with fresh antitrust charges, following the publication of a case examiner's report penned by officials at the South Korea Fair Trade Commission. Qualcomm said in a statement that it …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2015
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It's not over yet: Now South Korea launches Qualcomm antitrust probe

Mere days after settling its antitrust dispute with China, mobile chipmaker Qualcomm faces a new investigation into its business practices, this time in South Korea. Perhaps sensing blood in the water, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission – the country's top antitrust regulator – has launched a probe into whether Qualcomm is …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2015
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BEASTED: Apple fined $666k in Taiwan for iPhone price meddling

Colossal shiny-gadget empire Apple has copped a festive shoeing from Taiwanese regulators, receiving a T$20 million (US$666,700) fine for attempting to the fix prices that could be charged for its iPhones sold on the island. The Taiwanese Fair Trade commission told media that Apple Asia, Cupertino's regional tentacle, was …
Lewis Page, 27 Dec 2013
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Samsung swallows $340k fine for renting trolls to TRASH-TALK HTC phones

Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung 10m New Taiwan Dollars ($340,510) after the South Korean giant hired an army of commentards to diss the handsets of rival HTC and praise its own smartphones. The trade commission started its investigation into Samsung in April after a website called began …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2013
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Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

Samsung staffers slated smartphone arch-rival HTC in fake online reviews - and now a Taiwanese watchdog is investigating. Sammy has since ended the practice of allowing its employees to post anonymous comments, describing the whole affair as "unfortunate" and one that went against its "fundamental principles". It has even been …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Apr 2013
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Apple slips bomb into ITC filing: Samsung being PROBED by US gov

The United States government is investigating whether Samsung is misusing the standards-essential patents that it holds, rival Apple said in a document it filed with the International Trade Commission on Monday. Samsung holds several standards-essential patents covering data transmission from mobile devices, which it is under …
Anna Leach, 24 Oct 2012
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South Korea probes 'mobe patent bully-boy' Samsung

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Samsung abused its position as a wireless patent hoarder following a complaint by Apple. The competition watchdog will assess whether Sammy used its patents, which cover technology deemed essential for meeting telecommunications standards, to bully mobile-phone …
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Behind Facebook's $1bn Instagram antitrust dodge

Open ... and Shut Apparently it's wrong to dominate the market for free search and free web browsers, but it's perfectly fine to dominate the market for photo sharing. That seems to be the lesson from the curious silence from antitrust authorities on Facebook's proposed $1bn acquisition of Instagram. Pundits applaud Facebook's strategic coup, …
Matt Asay, 20 Apr 2012
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Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine

South Korean regulator the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has slapped a 45.3bn won (£25.5m) fine on mobile phone operators and handset makers in the country including Samsung and LG after finding them guilty of price fixing and consumer fraud. The Yonhap news agency reported that handset giants Samsung Electronics Co and LG along …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Mar 2012
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Google accused of meddling with S Korean probe

Google has been accused of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. Google deleted files and made its employees work from home in an attempt to frustrate the investigation, alleges the commission in an interview with a South Korean newspaper. The non- …
Anna Leach, 09 Jan 2012
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Korean antitrust agency raids Google over Android

South Korean regulators have reportedly raided the local offices of Google as part of an ongoing investigation into claimed anti-competitive practices by the search giant. According to the Financial Times, officials from the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) visited Google this weekend to ask questions and gather information …
Iain Thomson, 07 Sep 2011
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Sth Korea govt cracks down on blogger blaggers

South Korea’s high profile bloggers and prolific social media mavens are being targeted by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) over the practice of receiving ‘gifts’ from companies in return for favourable reviews or mentions of products. The South Korean government has ushered in new regulations which force companies and bloggers …
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Google whacked with another monopoly moan

Google has been hit with yet another competition complaint - this one accusing the search and ad giant of abusing its dominant position for mobile operating systems. Two South Korean companies - NHN, which runs the country's largest search engine, and Daum Communications - have complained to the Fair Trade Commission of the …
John Oates, 15 Apr 2011
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Microsoft cries foul on Yahoo!-Google Japan deal

Microsoft will try to stop Yahoo! from hooking up with Google in Japan. Bing daddy Microsoft told The Reg it will object to Yahoo! Japan's alliance with Google, announced this week, in a presentation to Japan's Fair Trade Commission. A Microsoft spokesperson said: "We plan to present evidence to the Japanese FTC explaining …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2010
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EU stops haranguing Qualcomm

The European Commission has shut down its investigation into Qualcomm's alleged abuse of monopoly, as the complainants got bored and wandered off. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from Ericsson back in 2005, and was formally launched in October 2007. During the intervening time various other regulatory …
Bill Ray, 24 Nov 2009
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Qualcomm rejects Japanese contract demand

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has told Qualcomm to rewrite its contracts for Japanese customers, but in response the company is asking for that order to be suspended pending a full hearing. The complaint against Qualcomm accuses the company of requiring cross-licensing provisions including clauses to prevent Qualcomm customers …
Bill Ray, 01 Oct 2009
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Taiwan hits Dell with $30k fine in pricing saga

The hole Dell has dug for itself in Taiwan is getting deeper; the company has been fined a million Taiwan dollars (US $30,500) for its pricing cock-up and subsequent refusal to adequately compensate consumers. Dell mistakenly priced monitors and notebooks at sub-bargain-basement prices on its online store in Taiwan on June 25 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2009
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Japan joins Qualcomm finger-pointers

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission has sent a draft order to Qualcomm accusing the chip supplier of abusing its market dominance, accusations with which the company must be getting quite familiar. Qualcomm hasn't responded in detail to the latest accusation, claiming that it's having trouble translating the draft and that the …
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Qualcomm surrenders in Broadcom patent spat

Wireless-communications leader Qualcomm has agreed to an $891m (£608m) settlement with its bitter rival Broadcom, thus ending a long-running patent dispute between the two companies. The $891m will be paid over the next four years, with the first $200m (£136m) due to Broadcom on June 30th. The two companies will license each …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Apr 2009
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Microsoft's Vista push probed by Fair Trade Commission

The Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission is investigating a complaint against Microsoft made by the Taiwanese Consumer Foundation, which claims the company is effectively using its monopoly to force sales of Vista. The Foundation claims its research shows 56 per cent of people buying new machines, with Vista on, would later put XP …
John Oates, 18 Aug 2008
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US Intel case delayed again

AMD vs Intel The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010. The case is being heard in the District Court in Delaware and will now start in February 2010 rather than April 2009. The original case was brought in 2005 and accused Intel of offering discounts to computer makers who pledged not to use AMD …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008
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Intel fined $25m

Intel has been fined $25m (26bn Won) by the South Korean Fair Trade commission for breaching fair trade rules. The chipmaker was found guilty of offering unfair subsidies to Samsung and Trigem Computer Inc if they promised to only buy Intel chips and froze out rival AMD. But Intel dismissed the charges. Bruce Sewell, Intel …
John Oates, 05 Jun 2008

Nintendo DS linked to LCD price-fixing scandal

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has raided the offices of Sharp and Hitachi over allegations that they've been illegally fixing the price of LCD screens said to have been bought by Nintendo for its DS handheld console. nintendo ds lite Nintendo's DS Lite: price set to fall? According to Japanese law, Sharp and Hitachi could …
James Sherwood, 28 Feb 2008
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Korean software firm sues Microsoft

Microsoft has been slapped with a lawsuit filed by Korean instant messaging program developer, which is claiming millions of dollars in anti-trust damages. According to Korean newspaper Chosun, the US software mammoth has been accused of causing a loss in sales revenue estimated at W30bn (US$1=W918) because the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2007
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Microsoft drops South Korea anti-trust appeal

Microsoft is dropping its appeal against South Korea's anti-trust case after it lost a similar appeal against the European Competition Commission. South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) found Microsoft guilty of breaking anti-trust laws by bundling its media player and instant messenger programmes with its operating …
John Oates, 16 Oct 2007

Intel wins at Monopoly, grabs $60bn unfairly - says...

AMD has fired another venomous barrage at its rival Intel today. Following the European Union's intent to investigate alleged antitrust charges against Intel, AMD has released a study claiming 43 per cent of Intel's profits are a result of monopolistic practices. The study comes from the ERS Group and was commissioned by AMD …
Austin Modine, 02 Aug 2007

AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

AMD boss Hector Ruiz today called for an end to “illegal abuses” by Intel - the AMD competitor that controls 80 percent of the worldwide x86 microprocessor market. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C., he proclaimed: There is no proper or defensible place for illegal …
Cade Metz, 21 Jun 2007
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Korea orders Google to rewrite 'unfair' AdSense contracts

The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has told Google to rewrite sections of its AdSense contracts which empower Google to unilaterally cancel any deal, and are considered unfair under Korean law. AdSense displays adverts on a website and the owner of the website gets a share of the money made by Google. Because payments are …
John Oates, 28 Feb 2007

Microsoft tells EC it will ship Vista

Microsoft is going ahead with launching Vista in Europe and South Korea, in spite of fears the software could be delayed because of concerns from European and Korean competition regulators. Reuters reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes that it is going ahead with the worldwide …
John Oates, 13 Oct 2006
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Microsoft falls into line with Korean anti-trust order

Microsoft will start selling a stripped-down version of Windows in South Korea this week which doesn't include its media player or instant message software. The stripped down version of Windows XP is required so Microsoft can fulfill promises made to Korea's Fair Trade Commission (KFTC). The KFTC ruled in December that …
John Oates, 23 Aug 2006
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Microsoft loses South Korea appeal

The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has rejected Microsoft's objection to last year's ruling that it is guilty of anti-competitive behaviour. In December 2005, South Korean regulators fined Microsoft $34m and ordered it to produce a version of Windows without bundling a media player and instant messaging software. The ruling …
John Oates, 23 May 2006
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Microsoft appeals South Korean anti-trust ruling

Microsoft today filed an appeal with the Seoul High Court, seeking the revocation of a December ruling by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) that the software giant had infringed competition rules. The KFTC found in December that Microsoft had acted in breach of anti-trust rules by tying its media service and media player …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Mar 2006

Korea may probe Samsung, Hynix price-fix claims

The South Korean government may be about to investigate claims that local memory makers Samsung and Hynix conspired to fix memory prices, a senior official from the nation's Fair Trade Commission has suggested. The move follows the announcement this week that four Hynix executives have agreed to plead guilty to US Department …
Tony Smith, 03 Mar 2006

Microsoft to appeal South Korean anti-trust ruling

Microsoft is to appeal a ruling by the Korea Fair Trade Commission that it infringed anti-trust rules. In December, the competition regulator fined Microsoft around £15m and ordered the firm to unbundle its instant messaging and media player software from Windows. The watchdog has now released a written report, backing up its …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Feb 2006
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Koreans conduct 'dawn raid' of Intel offices

AMD vs Intel South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) officials today mounted raids on Intel's local offices, as part of the authority's investigation into allegations that the giant abused its leadership position in the chip market, the Korea Economic Times newspaper reported today. Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy confirmed that the Korean …
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2006

AMD wins access to Japanese Intel anti-trust 'evidence'

AMD vs Intel Intel has failed to persuade the Japanese courts to keep evidence of alleged anti-trust behaviour under lock and key. The Tokyo District Court today ruled that documentation collated by Japan's Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) during its investigation into Intel Japan's business practices may be used by AMD in the legal action it …
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2005
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Microsoft vows to fight South Korean antitrust ruling

Microsoft will fight a South Korean government ruling ordering it to separate its IM software and Media Player from Windows and pay a $32m fine for violating antitrust laws. "We intend to appeal this decision because it is inconsistent with Korean law," Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft added it would "continue …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2005
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Korean FTC hits Microsoft

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Microsoft to decouple its instant messaging and media player software from Windows and pay a $32m fine following a long-running investigation into the software giant. Microsoft said it would appeal the decision, but doesn’t appear keen to follow through on earlier threats to pull its …
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2005
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Korea confirms Apple, Samsung Flash deal probe

South Korean Fair Trade officials have confirmed they are probing an alleged deal struck by Apple and Samsung to supply NAND Flash chips at below the market rate. In October, a month after Apple launched the Flash-based iPod Nano, Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) chairman Kang Chul-kyu said he was considering an …
Tony Smith, 23 Nov 2005
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Microsoft warns that Korea may have to do without Windows

Korean lovers of Microsoft's operating systems may soon have to without the software, according to the code giant. Microsoft has confessed that Windows might be pulled from the Korean market due to ongoing actions by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC). In one of the many global looks at Microsoft's competitive practices, …
Ashlee Vance, 28 Oct 2005
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Apple and Samsung could face Korea flash memory probe

Korean regulators could investigate whether Apple broke competition laws by buying memory from Samsung at below market rates. Samsung is widely thought to be Apple's key memory supplier, a lucrative deal given the recent launch of the flash-based iPod Nano. The Korean Fair Trade Commission chairman Kang Chul-kyu said he was …
John Oates, 10 Oct 2005
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Korean regulator fines Samsung

South Korean regulators have fined electronics giant Samsung for obstucting investigators looking for evidence of price fixing and dodgy contracts with suppliers. The Fair Trade Commission accused Samsung of working with a chip subsidiary Semes to forge or destroy relevant documents. A spokesman for the FTC said: "Samsung …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2005

Korea mounts Intel antitrust probe

South Korean antitrust investigators are probing Intel's dealings with local PC makers, it has emerged. In June, Korea's Fair Trade Commission asked Intel to supply information regarding "marketing and rebate programmes" put in place by the chip giant's Korean subsidiary, Intel's latest filing with the US Securities and …
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2005
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AMD Japan sues Intel for $50m damages - and then some

AMD Japan is suing its Intel counterpart in Tokyo for $50m in damages "arising from violations of Japan's Antimonopoly act". In a second suit it is seeking "millions of dollars" in damages from Intel for various anticompetitive acts which "also had the effect of interfering with AMD Japan's right to engage in normal business …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2005

AMD files anti-trust suit against Intel

AMD vs Intel AMD has filed an anti-trust complaint against Intel, accusing the firm of unlawfully maintaining its market position by making it difficult for people to do business with AMD. The suit was filed yesterday in a federal district court in Delaware, and lists 38 firms AMD says have been victims of coercion. The complaint alleges …
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jun 2005
For Sale sign detail bans Intel for two months

Intel Japan has been hit with a two-month government procurement ban. According to a Japan Today report from 20 April, the Kinki (!)Regional Development Bureau, part of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, knocked Intel Japan off its list of bidders for IT procurement contracts. The punitive ban lasts for …
Tony Smith, 09 May 2005

Intel heeds Japanese antitrust probe warning

Intel has agreed to abide by the recommendations of Japan's Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), the chip giant said yesterday, though it maintains that the accusations of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it are false. It also accused the JFTC of "misrepresenting" its business practices and failing "to take into account the …
Tony Smith, 01 Apr 2005

Intel Japan antitrust verdict response deadline delayed

Japanese anti-trust officials have extended Intel's deadline for appealing against charges that it abused its market leadership position to hinder arch-rival AMD. Intel Japan now has until 1 April to respond to the ruling. It was to have done so today, but was given more time to give the judgement a thorough reading, a company …
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2005