China's online-service super-app Meituan has been hit with an antitrust lawsuit that has been filed in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, China Economic Weekly reported on Tuesday.
According to the notice of acceptance of the civil case of Beijing Intellectual Property Court, a user surnamed Wang sued the operating entity of Meituan App for abuse of dominant market position.
Upon examination, the lawsuit met the conditions for acceptance under the Civil Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China, and the Beijing Intellectual Property Court decided to file a case for trial.
According to the report, Wang's client, Chen Pengfei, claimed that Meituan used its dominant market position to remove support for Alipay payments, making it impossible for consumers to make payments via Alipay in the Meituan APP.
At the end of July this year, there were media reports that some users found that when using Meituan to make payments, Meituan monthly payment and bank card payment took priority, and WeChat payment and ApplePay were also on the payment selection list, only that Alipay payment was no longer displayed.