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The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/12/22
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.   UK watchdog investigates Microsoft's $68.7 billion Activision deal.  Britain's antitrust watchdog said it had started an investigation into Microsoft Corp's $68.7 billion deal to buy "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard Inc. The Competition and Markets Authority said it had until Sept. 1 to make...

Antitrust in the Digital Economy—A Dive Into EU and UK Cases Alleging Self-Preferencing and Data Monopolisation

Posted  07/7/22
Google Shopping, Amazon “Buy Box” and the “Privacy Sandbox” By Alicja Dijakiewicz and Stephen Critchley Competition authorities in the EU and the UK are focusing on the digital sector with claims that technology companies including Apple, Google, Amazon and Meta (Facebook) are “gatekeepers” that control access to major technological platforms that other companies need in order to reach customers and...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  07/6/22
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.   Judge narrows San Diego, Baltimore bond collusion cases against big banks.  A federal judge narrowed claims by San Diego and Baltimore in antitrust litigation seeking to hold eight banks liable for driving up interest rates that state and local governments must pay on a popular tax-exempt municipal...

Antitrust Matters Episode 7: Discussion with the AAI’s Diana Moss

Posted  07/5/22
Antitrust Matters provides engaging and timely conversations about competition policy in the digital age. Antitrust has always mattered to consumers and businesses, and to antitrust lawyers and economists, but today it also is in the political and public discourse more than ever. From the prices we pay for food, travel, financial services, payments to the way we interact daily using digital apps and platforms,...

FTC Reaffirms Focus on Labor Markets in Reviewing Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Merger

Posted  06/30/22
By Kristian Soltes Federal antitrust enforcers are heeding the call for more vigorous regulation of monopsonies, which may soon no longer be the forgotten man of competition law. Anybody closely following the priorities of antitrust enforcers is sure to have noticed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s and U.S. Department of Justice’s escalating focus on labor markets.   This focus is increasingly being...

The Antitrust Week In Review

Posted  06/28/22
Here are some of the developments in antitrust news this past week that we found interesting and are following.   Drivers’ Lawsuit Claims Uber and Lyft Violate Antitrust Laws.  A group of drivers claimed that Uber and Lyft are engaging in anticompetitive practices by setting the prices customers pay and limiting drivers’ ability to choose which rides they accept without penalty. The drivers, supported by...

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
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