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CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted possible improvements to boost competition in the price comparison website sector, and launched an enforcement investigation of an operator’s exclusivity agreements with home insurance providers.

ECJ should uphold Italian enforcer on Roche/Novartis, AG says

Portugal accepts information exchange commitments

New Zealand shakes up enforcement regime

Amex decision could affect other two-sided markets

Antitrust experts are asking what a decision by the Supreme Court in the American Express case could mean for other two-sided markets such as Uber and Facebook.

DOJ request foreshadows T-Mobile/Sprint review

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division last week requested information from the Federal Communications Commission that could help the competition enforcer determine relevant market shares in the telecommunications industry.

Robot collusion and the future of online marketplaces

As the debate over internet regulation rages on, automated data processing systems in the online retail sector have received surprisingly little coverage. From Amazon to Skyscanner, price comparison softwares have become expected and even integral to modern living. But with the ease provided by the increasingly ubiquitous software has also come an easier pathway to collusion, and difficulties with regards to its prosecution.

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly. Janith Aranze at GCR Live 6th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in Brussels


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