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Singhania & Partners takes ‘anti-competitive’ Microsoft to CCI on own behalf

Singhania and Partners, represented by Seth Dua & Associates, has made a complaint against software giant Microsoft before the Competition Commission of India (CCI) alleging anti-competitive practices and abuse of a dominant position, according to news channel CNBC TV18.

CNBC’s reporter said: “Now, what Singhania and Partners alleges in their filing before the Competition Commission is that Microsoft adopted differential pricing for its OEM and volume licenses and that the law firm was forced to buy only volume licenses.”

“Hence, Singhania and partners alleges that this is nothing, but price manipulation on the part of Microsoft. That results in two serious breaches under the Competition Act of 2002, anti competitive practices and abuse of dominant position.”

The Business Standard said it could not reach Singhania and Partners for comment, although an official confirmed to the Economic Times that a complaint had been received under section 4 of the 2002 Competition Act.

The Business Standard also wrote that sources close to Microsoft “alleged said that some time earlier, Microsoft had taken an anti-piracy action against Singhania”, although the paper could not confirm the claim.

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