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Google's exclusivity agreements draw Australian scrutiny as regulator weighs response to US lawsuit

By Laurel Henning
  • 20 Oct 2020 23:08
  • 20 Oct 2020 23:08
Google’s illegal use of a network of exclusivity agreements to boost its market power according to the US Department of Justice has drawn the attention of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, or ACCC, which is considering weighing in on the matter.
ACCC Chairman Rod Sims told journalists today in

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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