Observations on the Commission’s Evanston Remedy: When Is Divestiture, or Any Remedy, Not Appropriate for a Consummated Anticompetitive Merger?

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Mark Botti, May 27, 2008 On April 28, 2008, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued its final order, specifying the remedy for the antitrust violation it determined Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation and Highland Park Hospital committed in 2000 when ENHC acquired Highland Park. […]

MIF: The Root of Evil or Just a Scapegoat?

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Lia Vitzilaiou, May 27, 2008 Multilateral interchange fees and their appropriate regulation under EC competition law have triggered a vigorous debate over the last years among academics, jurists, and economists. This debate has been further incited since the Commission of the European Communities […]

How the 2007 Amendment to the M&A Guideline Has Changed Merger Control Policy in Japan

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Akira Inoue, May 27, 2008 On March 27, 2007, the Japan Fair Trade Commission released its amended Guideline to Application of the Antimonopoly Act Concerning Review of Business Combination, which provides substantial revisions to the original Guideline to Application of the Antimonopoly Act […]

Information Exchange in the Italian Insurance Market in the Framework of the EU BER

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Alessandra Tonazzi, May 27, 2008 It is generally recognized that information sharing can produce pro-competitive effects in markets characterized by information asymmetries, by reducing uncertainty and competitive risks. When, as it is the case in the insurance market, firms do not know their […]

How to Save a Block Exemption: The Case of the Insurance Block Exemption

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle David Strang, May 27, 2008 The Commission has recently issued a consultation paper regarding the future of Regulation 358/2003, the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation which is set to expire on March 31, 2010. Responses to the consultation are due by July 17, 2008. […]

Making Waves in the Insurance Sector’s Safe Harbor: The European Commission Consults on the Insurance Block Exemption

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Anna Bicarregui, John Pheasant, May 27, 2008 It has been clear since the European Commission published its final report in relation to the business insurance sector inquiry in September 2007 that the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation was about to come under close scrutiny. […]

Is the EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation Still Relevant?

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Peter Crowther, May 27, 2008 On April 17, 2008, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (Regulation 358/2003). The ultimate purpose of the consultation is to determine whether there remain sufficient grounds to maintain a block exemption […]

The EU Insurance Block Exemption Regulation

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle John Cooke, May 27, 2008 One of the arresting features of the European insurance markets is the diversity of its origins across, and within, the different Member States, and the varying role it has played and continues to play in the economic and […]

Merger Remedies: Lessons from the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Decision

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Toby Singer, May 27, 2008 On August 6, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission issued an order in the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare hospital merger case, creating a unique remedy for a consummated hospital merger that the Commission had concluded in an adjudicative proceeding had […]

Economic Issues Relating to the Evanston Merger Remedy Order

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Monica Noether, May 27, 2008 Mergers can have both pro- and anticompetitive effects. They can allow firms to function more efficiently or to increase the quality and scope of their offerings, thereby benefiting consumers. Conversely, they may permit anticompetitive increases in price or […]