Market Studies and Inquiries

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

Lawyers have said potential new market investigation powers would significantly increase the European Commission’s enforcement capabilities, as the agency confirmed it will propose an “ex ante competition tool” at the end of this year.

France examines blockchain and cloud storage in fintech inquiry

EU set to examine digital gatekeepers

JFTC concerned about interbank fees

DOJ requires divestiture in satellite deal

The Department of Justice has required that telecommunications company Communications and Power Industries divest its large fixed-position satellite antenna business to complete its purchase of rival General Dynamics’ satellite business.

Tweetstorm: The Tipline for 29 May 2020

President Donald Trump took aim at section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on Thursday, signing an executive order that directs the Federal Communications Commission to make rules limiting liability protection for platform operators that remove or edit content. Senator Joshua Hawley, a frequent critic of technology companies, connected the controversy to concerns about online advertising dominance. Google’s digital advertising business is reportedly a focus of the Department of Justice’s antitrust probe of the company. “Gotta remember that the key to #BigTech dominance/monopoly is advertising,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. We also have an update on the DOJ’s intervention in a satellite communications deal and a response from the arbitrator accused of ruling in Uber’s favour out of fear.

CMA official backs structural merger remedies

The executive director for markets and mergers at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has defended the enforcer’s preference for structural remedies for deals, even as it has experimented with behavioural remedies in other areas.


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