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CPI article wins Best General Antitrust Article of 2012

Posted by CPI on 29 March 2012

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The Antitrust Writing Awards, organized by the Institute of Competition Law and George Washington University Law School, acknowledge the year's best contributions to antitrust scholarship. Awards are distributed for two categories of writing: Academic and Business. Nominees are selected by a jury and readers; members of the jury include notable figures such as William Kovacic, Jon Leibowitz, Harry First, Eleanor Fox, Daniel Sokol, and Joshua Wright.

CPI is delighted to announce that we published the Best General Antitrust academic article, What role in a more heavily regulated financial sector? in the Fall 2011 Journal. We congratulate the authors, Todd Fishman, David Gabathuler, and Olivier Fréget (Allen & Overy), on their tremendous achievement.

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February 2012 Blog o' Blogs

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 28 February 2012

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February 2012, Volume 2, Number 2
Opinions in Europe were flying fast and furious this month, and we have five—including Joaquín Almunia on patents. Also in our lineup are two competition regulators from the Reagan Era who ask whether we're being boldly led to where we shouldn't go, Josh Wright & Charles Rule who debate Google, a reminder that antitrust is not just about products, and hard looks at Chile, whistle-blowing practices, and market relevance. And our friends at Chillin' Competition have compiled their own antitrust solute to the Oscars—enjoy.
EC Antitrust Chief Warns Over Abuse of "Essential" Patents
"I am determined to use antitrust enforcement to prevent the misuse of patent rights to the detriment of a vigorous and accessible market." Joaquín Almunia
Charles Arthur (Guardian)
The More Technical, the Better? Economic Evidence in Merger Assessment
Once in awhile the technical nature of economic analysis is almost praised for its own sake, not for what it can give to analysis.
Mika Oinonen (Finnish Competition Authority)
Effects Based Enforcement of Article 101 TFEU: The "Object Paradox"
An ill-defined “object category” emerges in plain sight as the great remaining loophole in the enforcement of Article 101 TFEU.
Damien Gerard (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)
Bully Beef
Sometimes competition law looks as if it’s on the side of the bullies.
Max Findlay (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)
Hiring Practices Can Be An Antitrust Violation?
The antitrust laws are not confined to products.
David Stanoch and Carolyn Budzinski (Corporate Law)
Antitrust Jeopardy
Market definition played a critical role in the agencies' victories (and losses) last year.
Barry Nigro, Peter Guryan and Aleksandr Livshits (The Deal Pipeline)
Is Google Monopolizing the Search Engine Business? Depends Who You Ask
Is Google an Illegal Monopoly? A Debate on the FTC Investigation into Google’s Search Engine.
Josh Wright v. Charles Rule (Columbia Law School)
About the FTC's Star Trek Law Enforcement
Antitrust is for consumer welfare, not competitor welfare...
James Miller III and Daniel Oliver (Washington Examiner)
Making it Easier to "Whistle While You Work"
Once at the forefront of innovative antitrust enforcement, is it the U.S. that is now resisting innovation?
Marlene Koury (Constantine Cannon)
Competition in Chile: The Shine Comes Off
Most Chileans take medicine, eat chicken and travel by bus. They can surely be forgiven for wondering if they’re being ripped off every time they do so.
The Economist
Antitrust Oscars
Chillin' Competition's list of nominees for the best antitrust-related videos on youtube.
Alfonso Lamadrid (Chillin' Competition)

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The Year of the Dragon

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 25 January 2012

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With the arrival of the new year of the dragon, China has completed its third full year of implementation of the Anti-Monopoly Law. While we are clearly still at the beginning of China's antitrust history, the track record is becoming more significant and richer by the day. Today, antitrust in China is increasingly diverse, and this edition of the CPI Antitrust Chronicle reflects this diversity. The eight articles in our latest edition of the CPI Antitrust Chronicle discuss both merger and non-merger topics, starting with the latter. Happy reading!

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Jan 2012 Blog o' Blogs

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 24 January 2012

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It's a presidential election year so we're starting with a political salvo on large corporations, antitrust, and innovation. The next political entry comes from an unusual source—the Law Librarian's Blog. Several commentators then take on the regulators. We continue with insights on issues that will be sure to occupy antitrust attention in 2012—Google's supposed desire to monopolize the web world, ditto Apple with eBooks, and the muddled question of class certification. And we end by celebrating a major antitrust anniversary.
Scale and Innovation in Today's Economy
Scale is not the enemy of American prosperity, when achieved through honest competition.
Michael Mandel (Progressive Policy Institute)

Antitrust as Self-Medication
What’s critical about these roles for big companies is that they require that you have lots of entrepreneurial firms to compete with the incumbents.
Jim Manzi (National Review)

Doing De-Regulation Right

There won't be any Kumbaya moments here, just a lot of grueling political horsetrading, but there's still plenty of scope for agreement.
Kevin Drum (Mother Jones)
AALL's Biggest Blunder of 2011
I  think our association's way-over-the-top antitrustism takes the cake.
Law Librarian Blog
A Year of Aggressive Antitrust Oversight
And no letup in that oversight is expected any time soon.
Ronald Orol (Market Watch)
Divining a Regulator's Intent
When a regulator’s signals get blurry, resources may be squandered.
Hal Singer (Truth on the Market)
Economic Evidence and Analysis at the Early Stages of EU Merger Control Proceedings
Is there an argument that discussions between the parties and the CET are a waste of resources?
Frederic Depoortere (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)
The Google+ Antitrust Smoking Gun
Usually one of the hardest things to prove in an antitrust case is anti-competitive intent and motive, but Google’s CEO has made that much easier for antitrust authorities.
Scott Cleland (Forbes)

Why Google's Biggest Problem with Search Your World Isn't Antitrust
Google is not violating antitrust law, first and foremost, because it does not have a monopoly on search.
Jerry Brito (Time)
Is Apple Forcing Customers to Pay More for eBooks? Global Developments in the Alleged eBook Price-Fixing Case
The case will be proceeding simultaneously with the European Union investigation, a fact that has increasingly become a trend in cases involving American tech giants such as Apple or Google.
Pola Karolczyk (Berkeley Global Antitrust Blog)
Seventh Circuit: Antitrust Class Certification Doesn't Require Uniform Price Increases
In addition to helping clear a path for antitrust class actions in complex industries, the timing of the Messner opinion is interesting.
Ronald Wick (Class Action Defense Review)
30 Years Ago a Battered AT&T Cried Uncle Sam
...and the telecommunications industry would never be the same.
Paul McNamara (BuzzBlog)

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Fall 2011 CPI Journal Just Published

Posted by Lauren Chiang on 23 December 2011

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The Fall 2011 CPI Journal marks our second issue published in an eBook format. This time around, we've redesigned the template for increased readability, more intuitive tools, and a slicker design. The main theme of the issue is antitrust's role vis-à-vis financial regulation. It has now been four years since the economic crisis that shook the world. In its wake, legislators, practitioners, and competition authorities were left reexamining the place of antitrust in ensuring financial stability. What have we learned since 2007, and what lies ahead? Are competition policy and financial regulation strange bedfellows, or do they work together in a crucial yet tense relationship? We take a trans-Atlantic and comparative view of the EU and U.S. regimes and attitudes toward antitrust in regulated sectors. Of greatest relevance to current events today are our mini-symposia on payments and interchange fees, and an article on vertical integration of financial exchanges. The Classic is the widely-cited "Bank Interchange of Transactional Paper" by Bill Baxter, which endures today as an influential work in a shifting landscape.

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December Blog o' Blogs

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 21 December 2011

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The AT&t-T/Mobile Case: Questions and Answers

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 31 October 2011

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The DOJ's case against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger has the potential to be a landmark antitrust case. As such, the case will raise and—potentially—answer key questions about acceptable mergers. Our authors not only present viewpoints on both sides of the case but also ask some of the fascinating, less-analyzed questions the case raises. How will the conduct and results of the case reflect on the DOJ's reputation? Should congressmen be writing letters to President Obama asking him to intervene? What roles are the lobbyists playing? Is the importance of this case overstated? Will the Court use old—or new—merger analysis methodology? How should the lessons from the Microsoft case be applied? The answers could influence antitrust practice for years to come.

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October Blog o' Blogs

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 25 October 2011

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We start with a symposium close to many of our readers: 30 contributors on deregulating the law and legal profession. We follow with the 3 hot U.S. antitrust issues: Healthcare, Google, and AT&T, then first travel south—looking at a questionable decision in Mexico—and move on to 3 more continents. We look at a possibly earth-shaking case in China, welcome Botswana to the antitrust fold, and analyze a judgement on a potential conflict between Member State and EU competition policies. We finish with a refreshing drink—asking if Google's foray into beer-making helps their antitrust case.


Symposium: Deregulating the Law-Deregulating the Legal Profession
The U.S. is certainly not immune from the economic and other institutional forces nudging toward a reconsideration of existing licensing and regulation regimes-and antitrust issues are among the forefront of concerns.
30 Distinguished Opinion-Makers (Truth on the Market)
Federal Antitrust Agencies Offer Guidance to Health Care Providers Forming Accountable Care Organizations
The Antitrust Division and FTC have decided to maintain the antitrust "safety zone" for ACOs.
Jeffrey May (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business)
Google Antitrust Hearing: 5 Takeaways
With all of the discussion around bias, it's curious that experts with more neutral positions weren't called to the hearing to offer their opinions.
Mark Ballard (RKG Blog)
AT&T and the Economics of Monopoly
The latest lawsuit from the Justice Department reflects a mindset reminiscent of 1913.
L. Gordon Crovitz (The Wall Street Journal)
Will Mexico Harm its Citizens by Departing From Established Antitrust Policy?
The opinion rests upon a deep misunderstanding of antitrust economics and is out of touch with modern antitrust analysis.
George Priest (Forbes)
Chinese Antitrust Enforcement Agencies Ready to Show Teeth to Large State-owned Enterprises?
If the abuse is successfully established, China Telecom may face huge fines under the AML.
Susan Ning, Sun Yiming, & Liu Jia (Chinese Law Insight)
Competition Commission Has a Daunting Task
Botswana operates a free market economy, albeit mitigated by developmental state interventions over the years.
Dithapelo Keorapetse (Botswana Gazette)
AG Kokott's Opinion in Toshiba: framing the application of the ne bis in idem principle in EU competition law enforcement
How many competition authorities in Europe may deal with one and the same cartel and impose penalties on the participating undertakings?
Damien Gerard (Kluwer Competition Law Blog )
Google, Vertical Integration, and Beer
Google's first attempt at brewing has resulted in a beer that taps ingredients from all across the globe.
Josh Wright (Truth on the Market)


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September Blog o' Blogs

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 21 September 2011

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September Blog o' Blogs

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August Blog o' Blog

Posted by Lindsay McSweeney on 30 August 2011

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