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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 60

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Fox-Disney merger cleared, but sports networks must be sold

US regulators have cleared Walt Disney Co's plan to buy most of 21st Century Fox, removing a final barrier to the $71.3bn (£54.2bn) deal. The approval requires the sale of Fox's regional sports networks in the US, due to competition concerns, the Justice Department's antitrust division said. Read More.


Why The Merger Of T-Mobile And Sprint Is A Great Idea

The pending merger of T-Mobile and Sprint presents regulators with a perfect opportunity to further propel the wireless success story in the United States. Read More.


Watchdog takes aim at hotel booking sites

Hotel booking sites must review the way they rank and display rooms, the UK's competition watchdog has said. Read More.


SCOTUS clarifies US law on multi-sided platforms (Amex, the American Cartes Bancaires)

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued today its Opinion in the AMEX case. It is available here. This is likely to be the most discussed antitrust opinion in the decade. Read More.


A Nobel-winning economist’s guide to taming tech monopolies

Jean Tirole is an intellectual giant in the economics world. The Frenchman is the foremost thinker on market power and regulation, and won the Nobel prize in 2014 for his work in this area. Read More.

Truth on the Market

A big year for business and economics in the courts, even if we’re not talking about Janus

This has been a big year for business in the courts. A U.S. district court approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the Supreme Court upheld Amex’s agreements with merchants, and a circuit court pushed back on the Federal Trade Commission’s vague and heavy handed policing of companies’ consumer data safeguards. Read More.


How Will The Net Neutrality Rollback Affect Music Streaming? - Disruptive Competition Project

Despite criticism and backlash from over 20 million consumers, public interest groups, online platforms, and the majority of state governments, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of its net neutrality rules officially went into effect on Monday, June 11th. Read More.

Books and Olive Oil: Why Antitrust Must Deal with Consolidated Corporate Power

Carl T. Bogus
Following an epic battle in the marketplace between Apple Inc. and major book publishers, on one side, and Amazon, on the other side, the U.S. Department of Justice and thirty-three states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and the publishers, alleging that they had conspired to fix the prices of ebooks. Read More.

DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1734

Price or Variety? An Evaluation of Mergers Effects in Grocery Retailing

Elena Argentesi, Paolo Buccirossi, Roberto Cervone, Tomaso Duso and Alessia Marrazzo
Assortment decisions are key strategic instruments for firms responding to local market conditions. We assess this claim by studying the effect of a national merger between two large Dutch supermarket chains on prices and on the depth as well as composition of assortment. Read More.

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