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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 211

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 :)

Facebook Could Face an Antitrust Lawsuit From at Least 20 States as Soon as Next Week | NBC Boston
Multiple outlets have reported the Federal Trade Commission is likely to file its own antitrust lawsuit against the social media giant.
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The CMA is launching a market study into electric vehicle charging, to make sure that this new and fast-growing sector works well for UK drivers. Read more.
New Jersey healthcare system merger would increase price and reduce quality of healthcare. Read more.
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.
In three related judgments of October 5, 2020 (T-249/17, T-254/17 and T-255/17) the General Court (the “GC”) partially annulled European Commission. Read more.
The Court of Auditors believes that the introduction of new instruments should go hand in hand with stricter enforcement of existing instruments In a Special Report published on 19 November 2020, the European Court of Auditors (the ‘Court’) makes a plea for more stringent enforcement of EU competition policy. The Special Report comes at a... Read more.
What does aggregation theory tell us about Google’s antitrust case? | The Verge
Tech’s biggest big idea.
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The Google Complaint: A Step Backward for Antitrust Policy | Competition Policy International
The U.S. Department of Justice and eleven states filed their Complaint against Google, accusing the company of anticompetitive conduct to maintain and extend monopolies in search and search advertising.
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Andreea Cosnita-Langlais, Bjørn Olav Johansen and Lars Sørgard
In two-sided markets it is important to consider rebalancing effects following a merger, i.e. the impact of a change in margin on one side of the market, either due to a price change or to efficiency gains, on the pricing incentives on the other side. Read more.
Justus Haucap, Ulrich Heimeshoff, Gordon J.Klein, Dennis Rickert and Christian Wey
We examine how different pass-through rates, from retail input- to final consumer prices, and different vertical contracts affect upstream market definition. Simple theoretical considerations suggest that vertical restraints induce higher pass-through rates and thus lead to a wider market definition when compared to linear wholesale pricing. Read more.
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