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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 254

Valur Thrainsson
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During the last week, we scanned through 5.000+ articles and used automation to pick 200+ that we read through and hand-picked the most relavant pieces for you.

Here below, you find the most recent and relevant competition and anti-trust news, blogs and journal publications over the last week.

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Kind regards, Valur

Italy fines Amazon and Apple $230M over alleged reseller collusion | TechCrunch
Amazon and Apple have been hit with almost $230 million (€203 million) in total fines by Italy’s antitrust authority — following an investigation into reselling of Apple and (Apple-owned) Beats kit on Amazon’s Italian e-commerce marketplace. The authority says the alleged collusio…
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Microsoft targeted in antitrust complaint to EU over OneDrive | POLITICO
German software company says Microsoft ‘pushes’ its file-hosting service OneDrive in Windows.
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The CMA has secured improved commitments from Google on its proposals to remove third party cookies and other functionalities from its Chrome browser. Read more.
The Council agreed its position (‘general approach’) on the proposal for a Digital Markets Act (DMA). The proposal aims to ensure a competitive and fair digital sector with a view to promoting innovation, high-quality digital products and services, fair prices, and high quality and choice in the digital sector. Read more.
The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today to stop United States Sugar Corporation (U.S. Sugar) from acquiring its rival, Imperial Sugar Company (Imperial Sugar). The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleges that the transaction would leave an overwhelming majority of refined sugar sales across the Southeast in the hands of only two producers. As a result, American businesses and consumers would pay more for refined sugar, a significant input for many foods and beverages. Read more.
The interplay among political philosophy, competition, and competition law remains, with some notable exceptions, understudied in the literature. Indeed, while examinations of the intersection between economics and competition law have taught us much, relatively little has been said about the value frameworks within which different visions of competition and competition law operate. As Ronald Coase... Read more.
Note by Nadine Watson
This note describes how the standards tools and procedures already used by competition authorities can be adapted to better quantify sustainability benefits. Survey based discrete choice experiments have become the dominant strategy in environmental economics to assess consumer willingness to pay for products that have both use and non-use values because they can overcome the inherent difficulty of measuring value when consumers are unaware of the environmental impact of their consumption and/or do not directly consume or experience the sustainable product. Read more.
The 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines, now withdrawn by the FTC, did not represent sound merger policy, argues Steven Salop; rather, they were overly defendant-friendly and based on a procompetitive presumption not supported by empirical studies or economic theory. They should be rapidly replaced with a more enforcement-oriented alternative. Editor’s note: catch up on previous entries... Read more.

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