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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/22/22
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.   Facebook owner Meta makes antitrust commitments over online advertising.  France's anti-trust watchdog body said that it had approved commitments made by Facebook owner Meta Platforms regarding the French online advertising sector. Meta has committed to giving access over a five-year period to...

Cydia is Getting a Chance to Prove its App Store Antitrust Claims Against Apple

Posted  06/21/22
By David Golden Cydia, the alternative iOS app store, has been given the chance to seek discovery to prove its antitrust claims against Apple. On May 26, 2022, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied Apple’s motion to dismiss the antitrust claims of SaurikIT, the developer of Cydia. SaurikIT alleges that Apple violated Sections 1 and 2 of the...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/14/22
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.   U.S. sets high bar to settle Facebook antitrust suit -FTC chair.  U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, who promised tougher antitrust enforcement, said she would not rule out a settlement with Meta's Facebook, which the agency sued in 2020, but indicated there was a high bar for any...

Increased Enforcement Shows Firms Need to Plug Antitrust and Privacy Law Requirements Into Their Digital Algorithms

Posted  06/9/22
By Paulette Rodríguez López
The recent announcement by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice of a settlement with Twitter that would impose $150 million in penalties and robust compliance measures is merely the most recent warning to firms using algorithmic tools that abuses are being subjected to increased enforcement efforts under antitrust and privacy laws.  Just under three years after the FTC’s

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/6/22

Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.

EU acted like a fishing trawler in antitrust data searches, Meta lawyer says. Meta Platforms Inc. compared searches by EU antitrust regulators to a fishing super trawler as watchdogs investigate the owner of Facebook's data and online marketplace. Meta says it has already handed over more than a million...

Court Green Lights Ohio AG’s Case to Declare Google a “Common Carrier”

Posted  06/2/22
By J. Wyatt Fore
Google Website on Laptop
Is Google Search a “common carrier” under Ohio law that is barred from prioritizing Google’s own products? Under a state court ruling last week, the answer to that question has gotten closer to yes. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) is suing to restrain Google from prioritizing Google products in its search engine results.  If successful, the lawsuit—which has now survived a motion to dismiss—could...

U.S. Adoption of a Central Bank Digital Currency Could Revitalize Payments Markets With Competition

Posted  06/1/22
By Owen Glist, Kristian Soltes
Various Digital Currencies
The ailing U.S. payments markets could get a shot of much-needed competition if the U.S. government follows through on proposals to adopt a Central Bank Digital Currency (“CBDC”)—which would be issued by the Federal Reserve. The competitive failings of U.S. payments markets were highlighted a few weeks ago at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on interchange or “swipe fees,” the fees that merchants pay...

New York State Senate Passes Groundbreaking Antitrust Bill

Posted  05/26/22
By Daniel Vitelli The New York State Senate pushed the state’s groundbreaking antitrust bill a little bit closer to becoming a trailblazing law yesterday when it passed the proposed “Twenty-First Century Anti-Trust Act.” On May 25, 2022, just days before the scheduled close of the legislative session, the State Senate passed the bill, S933C, by a vote of 36 to 25. The bill now heads to the New York...

Pass-on Defences and Indirect Claims: Will UK Courts Apply the Same Antitrust Sauce to the Goose as to the Gander?

Posted  05/24/22
How the UK is sorting out the rights of direct and indirect purchasers to claim damages for anti-competitive conduct. By Richard Pike It is well-established in economic literature that anti-competitive conduct may increase prices not only for direct purchasers but also for indirect purchasers. As UK courts are now demonstrating, however, determining who should be allowed to recover, and what each party must...
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