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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 215

Valur Thrainsson
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Good morning,

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

Enjoy :)

Parler hits Amazon with antitrust suit over shutdown | POLITICO
Parler asked for an emergency order to reject Amazon's shutdown of its account, saying it was the equivalent of “pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support."
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In order to provide clarity and transparency for stakeholders, the Competition Bureau sought legal advice from the Department of Justice Canada and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada with respect to the application of the Competition Act to buy-side agreements, including employment-related no-poaching and wage-fixing agreements. Read more.
 Tomasz Chróstny, the President of UOKiK, has imposed over PLN 32 million in financial penalties on the largest fitness chains, including Benefit Systems (operator of MultiSport cards) for a competition-restricting collusion scheme that consisted in allocation of the market. Read more.
The CMA will require TVS Europe Distribution to sell 3G in order to protect competition in the commercial vehicle and trailer parts sector. Read more.
The Department of Justice announced today that Visa Inc. and Plaid Inc. have abandoned their planned $5.3 billion merger. Read more.
Even criminals raise their prices when they form cartels | The Guardian
In El Salvador, violence and murders fell after rivals agreed a non-compete deal, but extortion rates soared
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On 6 January 2020, the European Commission (EC) published an inception impact assessment that invites comments on the scope of application of EU competition law to collective bargaining agreements for the self-employed. The EC will launch in the first half of 2021 a more detailed public consultation, with a view to the possible adoption of... Read more.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust case against Google, which was filed in October 2020, will be a tough slog.[1] It is an alleged monopolization (Sherman Act, Sec. 2) case; and monopolization cases are always a tough slog. Read more.
Timo Autio , Jorge Padilla , Salvatore Piccolo , Pekka Sääskilahti , Lotta Väänänen
In a recent influential paper Coate et al. (2020) have criticized the standard firm-level approach to market definition in merger review. They argue why a market... Read more.
 Enghin Atalay, Alan Sorensen, Christopher Sullivan and Wanjia Zhu
This paper investigates firms’ post-merger product repositioning. We compile information on conglomerate firms’... Read more.
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