The Netherlands’ competition authority is investigating whether Apple is abusing its dominance through conditions it imposes on software application developers, after a market study found Apple and Google could exploit their positions as both hosts and competitors on their app marketplaces.
Some antitrust practitioners have said the authors of an expert report on the EU’s digital competition policy failed to appreciate the enormity and complexity of their recommendations – particularly when requiring access to data as a remedy.
An expert panel has advised the European Commission that competition policy should adapt to the digital economy by considering new theories of harm, prioritising innovation and requiring interoperability and access to data as a remedy.
Sixteen years ago today, the Department of Justice sued to compel Dairy Farmers of America to divest its interests in Southern Belle Dairy “to prevent higher milk prices” for over 100 school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee. Dairy Farmers of America was initially granted summary judgment before a Kentucky district court, but the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit later reversed the ruling. Dairy Farmers of America then divested its stake in Southern Belle to settle the DOJ’s claims. Yesterday, a group of cattle ranchers filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to limit beef output from meat packers. Did they recognise this significant anniversary? Perhaps not, but today, we at GCR USA celebrate the intersection of bovines and antitrust law.
The Federal Trade Commission and the three largest US dental suppliers have sparred over whether allegedly unlawful communications between the supply companies were a conspiracy to boycott buying groups or the harmless dismissal of customers they wanted to avoid.
The heads of the competition agencies in France and Australia would not welcome the power to impose remedies after conducting market studies because doing so would present several challenges.
David Higbee, John Cove, Jessica Delbaum, Djordje Petkoski, Ryan Shores, Todd Stenerson and Mark Weiss
Tito Andrade, Maria Eugênia Novis de Oliveira and Marcos Paulo Verissimo
Fernando Carreño and Paloma Alcantra
Jesús Eloy Espinoza Lozada
Jacques Derenne and Dimitris Vallindas
Adina Claici and Elisa Pau
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