Reptilian regulation: The Tipline for 15 March 2018

The head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division yesterday likened antitrust enforcement-replacing regulation to a boa constrictor, warning that it – and the regulators that implement it – “slowly, and painfully, squeeze competition from the free market”. Meanwhile, three dental equipment suppliers accused of colluding to withhold discounts from buying groups attended the Federal Trade Commission’s internal tribunal yesterday, where they denied the allegations and criticised the FTC for taking evidence out of context. And yet the European Commission’s chief competition economist thinks the US is not active in antitrust enforcement – check out News & Notes for more.

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