Consumer groups file antitrust complaint against McDonald's in EU

January 12, 2016 9:30 AM

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A coalition of Italian consumer groups, with backing from the American Service Employees International Union, said Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against McDonald's, alleging that the hamburger giant has used its dominant position in the market to gouge consumers and its franchisees.

In the complaint, the consumer groups (Codacons, Movimento Difesa del Cittadino and Cittadinanzattiva) allege that McDonald's is violating European Union rules by abusing its position as a landlord by charging rents to franchisees with prices up to 10 times above market rates. The group says McDonal...

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