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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 108

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Google to allow rival search engines to compete on Android - at a price

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google will allow rivals to compete to be the default search engines on new Android devices in Europe, but they will have to pay for the privilege. Read More.


Pork producers win dismissal of price-fixing lawsuits - U.S. judge

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed antitrust lawsuits accusing several U.S. pork companies of conspiring to limit supply in the $20 billion-a-year market, in order to inflate prices and their own profits at the expense of consumers and other purchasers. Read More.

Department of Justice

Department of Justice Antitrust Division to Hold Workshop on Competition in Labor Markets

The Department of Justice will hold a public workshop on September 23, 2019, to discuss the role of antitrust enforcement in labor markets and promoting robust competition for the American worker. Read More.


FTC Requires Divestitures and Imposes Conditions on Boston Scientific Corp.’s Acquisition of BTG plc

Medical device company Boston Scientific Corp. has agreed to divest certain assets to Varian Medical Systems to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Boston Scientific’s proposed $4.2 billion acquisition of medical equipment and pharmaceutical supplier BTG plc would violate federal antitrust law. Read More.

European Commission

Commission sends Statement of Objections to O2 CZ, CETIN and T-Mobile CZ for their network sharing agreement

The European Commission has informed Czech operators of mobile telephony O2 CZ and T-Mobile CZ, as well as the Czech telecom infrastructure provider CETIN of its preliminary view that their network sharing agreement restricts competition in breach of EU antitrust rules. Read More.

Italian Competition Authority

ICA: corrugated cardboard, fines of over €287 million for the main manufacturing companies

On 17 July 2019, the Antitrust Authority concluded an investigation, finding that two separate agreements had been implemented to distort the competitive dynamics in the market for corrugated cardboard sheets and the market for corrugated cardboard packaging respectively, in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Read More.


Musical instruments and equipment: suspected anti-competitive agreements 50565-6

The CMA is investigating alleged anti-competitive agreements in the musical instruments and equipment sector under Chapter I CA98 and Article 101 TFEU. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Why Don’t People Talk About Breaking Up Microsoft?

In all the talk of breaking up “Big Tech,” no one seems to mention the biggest tech company of them all. Microsoft’s market cap is currently higher than those of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. If big is bad, then, at the moment, Microsoft is the worst. Read More.

Journal of Economic Perspectives, Forthcoming

Protecting Competition in the American Economy: Merger Control, Tech Titans, Labor Markets

Carl Shapiro
Accumulating evidence points to the need for more vigorous antitrust enforcement in the United States in three areas. Read More.

DICE Discussion Papers

Vertical financial interest and corporate influence

Matthias Hunold and Frank Schlütter
The established literature on partial vertical ownership has derived distinct pro- and anti-competitive effects, depending on whether the upstream or the downstream firm holds the shares (forward or backward). Read More.

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