Topic: Public interest

Competition factors into SCOTUS ruling on Google and Oracle’s copyright spat

Allowing Oracle to enforce copyrights on portions of its Java programming code would allow the company to monopolise the market and effectively lock out creative new uses for it, the US Supreme Court has said.

05 April 2021

Antitrust lawyers line up to steer railway merger

Canadian Pacific plans to buy Kansas City Southern for $25 billion, a transaction that would form the first railway network connecting the US, Mexico and Canada.

23 March 2021

Bilal Sayyed: the GCR exit interview

Under Bilal Sayyed’s watch, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning conducted a series of hearings evaluating the state of US antitrust enforcement, initiated a study of unreported transactions by major technology platforms and published the first update to the vertical merger guidelines in more than a quarter-century. Now a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, the former director of the FTC’s policy shop reflected on his time at the agency in a conversation with GCR USA.

25 February 2021

Polish enforcer clashes with human rights commissioner over document request

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has refused to hand over documents to the country's human rights commissioner relating to its review of PKN Orlen's acquisition of Polska Press due to confidentiality concerns.

23 February 2021

Kovacic: “Apocalypse narrative” about past enforcement is unhelpful

Efforts by some progressive antitrust advocates to depict past enforcement as a complete failure may inhibit their ability to bring about effective change, a former head of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

17 February 2021

Kenya proposes easing cooperation rules

Kenya’s antitrust watchdog plans to allow competitor collaborations in certain “economic priority sectors” over the next two years to help spearhead post-covid-19 economic recovery.

04 February 2021

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

West Virginia publisher: newspapers face existential threat from Google monopoly

Google’s monopoly over digital advertising threatens the very existence of the newspaper industry, a West Virginia publisher has alleged.

02 February 2021

Ukraine explores price regulation for abuse of dominance breaches

Ukraine’s trade ministry is seeking the power to regulate the prices of essential goods and services of companies that abuse their dominance.

01 February 2021

Agencies should consider racial inequities, current and ex-enforcers say

The US antitrust agencies should use their enforcement powers to counter systemic racism in American society, current and past leadership at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have said.

26 January 2021

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