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EU’s General Court President Warns Against Strengthening The Digital Markets Act

 |  May 25, 2023

According to Reuters, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union anticipates facing legal challenges to the EU Digital Markets Act by the conclusion of 2023.

Marc van der Woude, President of the General Court of the European Union, has noted that inquiries are anticipated about the DMA’s characterization of “gatekeepers” and their attendant responsibilities. Van der Woude approximates that these may begin at the end of this year or start of 2021 and likely go on afterwards.

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The companies Google, Meta, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are expected to be designated as gatekeepers under the upcoming DMA announcement on September 6. If individuals disagree with the regulations and designation, they may file a complaint with the General Court in Luxembourg within a few months. The General Court, a branch of the CJEU, handles a variety of disputes, including competition law, commerce, and the environment. Corporations like Google and Apple have actively opposed the DMA. 

“We remain concerned that some provisions of the DMA will create unnecessary privacy and security vulnerabilities for our users, while others will prohibit us from charging for intellectual property in which we invest a great deal,” he said in March 2022.