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Comment: Google-Fitbit remedy decision could set stage for tough court battle in Australia

By James Panichi
  • 21 Dec 2020 20:47
  • 21 Dec 2020 20:47
There was a stand-out sentence in the press release announcing that Australia’s competition watchdog would reject the commitments put forward by Google to allay regulatory fears over its acquisition of Fitbit.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, or ACCC, said that it had extended its decision date for reviewing the transaction

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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