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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 129

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most relevant articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


EU plans more protectionist antitrust rules, data sharing in policy shake-up

The EU plans to adopt more protectionist antitrust rules and encourage businesses to share data as part of an industrial policy overhaul aimed at giving European companies a sharper edge in global markets, a strategy document seen by Reuters shows. Read More.


Competition probe into Just Eat and merger ‘shocking and unwarranted’, says investor

Competition and Markets Authority announces last-minute inquiry into the deal that would create one of the largest food delivery companies in the world. Read More.


Bombardier scrambles to craft rail merger with Alstom, Hitachi

Bombardier (BBDb.TO) has approached France’s Alstom (ALSO.PA) and Japan’s Hitachi (6501.T) to find a merger partner for its rail business as it struggles to contain costs that have eaten into margins, sources told Reuters. Read More.


Fender Europe fined £4.5m for preventing online discounts

Guitar maker Fender has been fined £4.5m for illegally preventing online discounts on its products in the UK. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Debating the FTC v Qualcomm Amicus Brief, a Summary

Qualcomm is currently in the midst of a high-profile antitrust case against the FTC. Read More.


AG Kokott in Case C-307/18, Generics UK and others (Paroxetine): dispelling the myths about Article 101(1) TFEU and restrictions of competition (I)

Advocate General Kokott personifies, perhaps more than any of her colleagues, orthodoxy in EU competition law. Read More.

Truth on the Market

The Upsides of Collusion and Concentration

Conspiracies and collusion often (always?) get a bad rap. Adam Smith famously derided “people of the same trade” for their inclination to conspire against the public or contrive to raise prices. Read More.

International Journal of Industrial Organization

Mergers and Coordinated Effects

Robert H.Porter
A merger is said to have coordinated effects if it results in more collusive outcomes. Read More.

The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 3rd Edition, Forthcoming

Excessive Pricing

Robert O'Donoghue and Jorge Padilla
Issues of “unfair” or excessive pricing traverse a number of potential abuses under Article 102 TFEU. Read More.

DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1836 (2019)

Merger Policy in Digital Markets: An Ex-Post Assessment

Elena Argentesi, Paolo Buccirossi, Emilio Calvano, Tomaso Duso, Alessia Marrazzo and Salvatore Nava
This paper presents a broad retrospective evaluation of mergers and merger decisions in the digital sector. Read More.

Kind regards,
Valur Þráinsson
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