Divide and conquer: The Tipline for 23 June 2021

They grow up so fast. On this day in 2019, the Department of Justice announced it would be reviewing the competitive conduct of market-leading online platforms. Rebutting press reports, the US antitrust agencies later clarified they had split custody over specific behaviour rather than specific companies. While each enforcer now has its own walking-and-talking monopolisation lawsuit, the two are still divvying up responsibilities. The Federal Trade Commission and its newly-minted Democratic majority will be overseeing Amazon’s purchase of MGM.

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