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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.

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The DOJ antitrust lawsuit against Google, explained | Vox
The Department of Justice says the company’s anti-competitive business practices harm Americans.
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Silicon Valley faces a world of trouble | POLITICO
Authorities in Washington, Brussels, London and other capitals are pursuing investigations of the biggest U.S. tech companies.
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Viagogo may have to sell all or part of StubHub, regulator says | BBC News
The UK's competition watchdog says the merger between the ticketing firms could lead to higher fees.
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Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. Read more.
This week the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit accusing  Google of using “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in the markets” for search and advertising. Read more.
What is a search engine? | Truth on the Market Truth on the Market
What is a search engine? This might seem like an innocuous question, but it lies at the heart of the US Department of Justice and state Attorneys’ General antitrust complaint against Google, as well as the European Commission’s Google Search and Android decisions. It is also central to a report published by the UK’s Competition […]

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What are commitments? The recent effort by the Commission to settle the Aspen case suggests that commitment decisions are the preferred route to settle complex excessive pricing cases at EU-level.  Previous commitment cases where high prices have been at issue include Rambus, Standard & Poor’s and Gazprom. Read more.
The EC’s fourth amendment to the State aid Temporary Framework | Kluwer Competition Law Blog
On 13 October 2020, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted a fourth amendment to the Temporary Framework of 19 March 2020 (“Temporary Framework”). This amendment builds on the previous three amendments to the Temporary Framework of 3 April 2020 (see our blog post), 8 May 2020 (see our blog post) and 29 June 2020 (see our blog post).
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Vilen Lipatov, Damien Neven, Georges Siotis
When firms compete on price and quality-enhancing promotion in a market for differentiated products, entry of a nearly perfect substitute to one of such products, for example, a generic version of a pharmaceutical drug, intensifies price competition but softens quality competition. Read more.
Dennis W. Carlton and Kenneth Heyer
In this essay we evaluate the impact of the revolution that has occurred in antitrust and in particular the growing role played by economic analysis. Read more.
Alexandra J. Gibbon and Jan Philip Schain
This paper analyses the impact of common ownership on markups and innovation and adds to the discussion of the recently observed patterns of a long term rise in market power. Read more.
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