Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Klobuchar introduces comprehensive antitrust legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced sweeping legislation that would make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge mergers and anticompetitive conduct, overhaul the budgets of the US antitrust agencies and empower them to issue civil fines.

04 February 2021

Google could be self-preferencing, Australian report warns

Australia's antitrust watchdog has published a preliminary report on the state of competition in the ad tech market, concluding that industry leader Google could be unlawfully self-preferencing its own services.

28 January 2021

Ian Conner: the GCR exit interview

After two-plus years in the Federal Trade Commission’s front office, Ian Conner took over as the director of the agency’s competition bureau in December 2019. Set to depart in mid-February, Conner spoke with GCR USA about the agency’s accomplishments, the need for more funding and balancing the desires of divided leadership.

28 January 2021

Common ownership likely not affecting cereal prices, study says

A theory that firms with common ownership stakes are tacitly colluding on price does not appear to be playing out in the cereal industry, according to a new study.

25 January 2021

ASCAP/BMI decrees to remain in place

A pair of legacy antitrust judgments regulating much of the music licensing industry will remain in place, outgoing assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim has said.

19 January 2021

UK enforcer studies electric car charging market

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched a study into the electric vehicle charging market to prevent any competition problems “before they come embedded”.

02 December 2020

Novel CMA report calls for vigilance in the wake of covid-19

UK markets are particularly vulnerable to increased concentration following the coronavirus pandemic because they only partially recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, the country’s antitrust authority has found in its first-ever study on the nationwide state of competition.

01 December 2020

Dutch enforcer finds big tech is encroaching on payments sector

The Dutch competition authority has recommended that the European Commission use its proposed new gatekeeper rules to prevent large technology companies from dominating the payments market.

01 December 2020

Walmart probed in Mexico following market study

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog is investigating Walmart’s local subsidiary for possible anticompetitive conduct in the country’s wholesale goods and retail market, less than a month after the agency published a study on competition in the sector.

25 November 2020

Simons: Scale of potential harm should not be overlooked in merger review

Antitrust enforcers should consider not only the probability that a merger will harm consumers but also the magnitude of that potential injury, Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons has said.

13 November 2020

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