The UK government has appointed former US presidential economic advisor Jason Furman to lead an expert panel on digital competition, which may complement the Competition and Markets Authority’s new data unit that is set to launch this month.
The UK’s Payment Systems Regulator has launched a market inquiry into card payment services because it is concerned that acquirers are taking advantage of merchants by not passing on interchange fee savings.
Google’s and Apple’s relations with third-party application providers will be subject to scrutiny in a broad new study by the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets of the mobile app sector.
Judge Richard Leon erred by discrediting regulatory filings made by AT&T and DirecTV in his ruling to allow the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the Federal Communications Commission said in one of several amicus briefs submitted on Monday.
The Federal Communications Commission did little to get in the way of the AT&T/Time Warner tie-up during the merger review process, but the agency has now filed an amicus curiae brief in defence of evidence used by the Department of Justice as the Antitrust Division seeks to block the deal on appeal. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said last year that the agency did not have the authority to review the deal because AT&T was not acquiring any licences from Time Warner. Although the agency said it is not taking an official stance on the litigation, its brief certainly aids the Antitrust Division’s argument.
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