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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 32

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

We hope you are enjoying CompetitionFeed.

Here below you find the most read articles over the last week.


Margrethe Vestager versus the Olympics

Margrethe Vestager has a habit of taking on the world’s biggest names. From Google to Gazprom, and any government caught offering illegal subsidies, no potential rule-breaker is safe. That’s what has the International Olympic Committee (IOC) worried. Read More.


EU fines five car airbag, seatbelt suppliers over cartel

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators fined five car safety equipment makers a total of 34 million euros ($40.0 million) on Wednesday for taking part in cartels to fix prices for seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to Japanese carmakers. Read More.

New York Times

How to Make Sense of the U.S. Case Against AT&T-Time Warner

The Justice Department’s suit to block the AT&T and Time Warner merger was a stark departure from decades of leniency toward similar tie-ups... Read More.

Federal Trade Commission

Statement of Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen on Restoring Internet Freedom and Returning FTC Competition and Consumer Prot...

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated to FCC Commissioners a draft order in the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding. Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen provided the following statement:“I am pleased to see progress on this import... Read More.


French Pharma - French Competition Authority launches new sector enquiry

The CMA has opened an unprecedented number of new investigations in the pharmaceutical sector in the past month, with 4 new investigations during… Read More.

Truth on the Market

Portugal Isn’t a Horseman of the Net Neutrality Apocalypse

Unexpectedly, on the day that the white copy of the upcoming repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order was published... Read More.

Florida Law Review, 2018, Forthcoming

The Rule of Reason

Herb Hovenkamp
Antitrust’s rule of reason was born out of a thirty year (1897-1927) division among Supreme Court Justices about the proper way to assess multi-firm restraints on competition. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Challenges for Competition Law Enforcement and Policy in the Digital Economy

Antonio Capobianco and Anita Nyeso
Digitalisation, new technologies and scientific breakthroughs are unfolding on many fronts. Advances in communication and data processing are not just profoundly affecting existing industries, but also rearranging global value chains, thereby allowing for entirely new products and services and disrupting traditional ones.Read More.

ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 17-037

Minority Share Acquisitions and Collusion: Evidence from the Introduction of National Leniency Programs

Sven Heim, Kai Hüschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger and Yossi Spiegel
There is a growing concern that minority shareholding (MS) in rival firms may facilitate collusion. To examine this concern, we exploit the fact that leniency programs (LPs) are generally recognized as a shock that destabilizes collusive agreements and study the effect that the introduction of an LP has on horizontal MS acquisitions. These results suggest that MS acquisitions may stabilize collusive agreements that were destabilized by the introduction of the LP. Read More.

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