This is an article corresponding to the China Mobile case which was discussed at China Law Vision on April 21, 2009. On 23 October 2009 the Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court announced the settlement of an Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) case brought by Zhou Ze, an activist lawyer in Beijing, against China Mobile, China’s largest mobile network operator.

Zhou alleged that China Mobile abused its dominant market position (DMP) and engaged in illegal price discrimination activities by charging additional monthly fees for services that he, as a subscriber, was not using. Zhou sought 1,200 yuan in compensation (an amount equal to his basic mobile fees for the last two years), and for China Mobile to stop charging its subscribers such fees. Consequentially,the state-owned giant agreed to pay Mr. Zhou 1,000 yuan ($146) to settle his claims over mandatory fees.

 Continue Reading The Ending of the ‘China Mobile’ Case

On August 1, the Chinese Anti-monopoly Law (AML) was enforceable and four plaintiffs filed an anti-monopoly case in the No1 Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing. Some members of the media and laymen cheered it as the first anti-monopoly private litigation in China.

The plaintiffs were four anti-counterfeiting companies who sued the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), an industry regulator. The original four plaintiffs were later joined by four other anti-counterfeiting Chinese companies from across the country . Claiming AQSIQ violated the AML, due to its efforts to popularize an online network.
 Continue Reading Private Litigation – Unresolved Problems of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law

November 2008, Mr. Xi Xiaoming, Vice Chief Justice of the Chinese Supreme Court, informed the media the Chinese Supreme Court would initiate drafting of judicial explanations complimenting the Chinese Anti-monopoly Law (AML). Before such formal expression, another Justice in the No.3 Civil Division of the Chinese Supreme Court publicly stated plaintiffs may file civil AML cases directly, bypassing the wait for administrative decisions.

Due to the characteristic of the AML, the administrative departments, other than courts, are the leading force in law enforcement. Presently, there is uncertainty in the AML administrative procedure and administrative departments take caution in announcements and practices. In such an atmosphere, Chinese courts come to the front.Continue Reading The AML sword, How Chinese Courts “hold” it ?