Competitor Complaints About Google/DoubleClick Rejected

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Leah Brannon, Mar 17, 2008 On March 11, 2008, the European Commission unconditionally cleared Google Inc.’s acquisition of DoubleClick Inc. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) previously closed its investigation on December 20, 2007, also without imposing any conditions on the transaction. Both […]

Critical Loss Analysis in the Whole Foods Case

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Kevin Murphy, Robert Topel, Mar 17, 2008 In the matter of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) versus Whole Foods (hereinafter Whole Foods), the economist for Whole Foods, Professor David Scheffman, applied “Critical Loss” (CL) analysis to the issue of market definition in […]

Market Definition, Competition, and Privacy in the Google/DoubleClick Transaction

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Christine Naglieri, Mark Seidman, Mar 17, 2008 On December 21, 2007, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed its investigation of Google Inc.’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick Inc. The merger and the Commission’s investigation attracted a great deal of public interest, and the […]

Google/DoubleClick and the Power of Information to Raise Antitrust Concerns in Vertical Mergers

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Stephen Kinsella, David Went, Mar 17, 2008 Last week, following an investigation that lasted almost six months but that did not result in a statement of objections, the European Commission cleared Google’s acquisition of ad serving company DoubleClick. While this result had been […]

State of New York Launches Investigation of Intel: The Global Drumbeat Continues

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Mar 17, 2008 On January 10, 2008, the state of New York took action in the United States on behalf of American consumers in light of Intel’s anticompetitive behavior that has inflated prices and slowed innovation throughout the microprocessor sector. New York Attorney […]

Lifting the Fog: Google/DoubleClick Demystified

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Peter Thomas, Mar 17, 2008 Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick generated significant controversy when it was announced in early 2007. Complainants (many of whom were competitors of Google) raised a number of superficially plausible but inaccurate claims. One of the most prominent was […]

The Canadian Competition Bureau’s Attempt to Halt Beer Merger Goes Flat

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Mark Katz, Feb 28, 2008 On January 22, 2008, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) rejected the Competition Bureau’s appeal in Labatt, refusing the Bureau’s request for section 100 relief and more time to investigate Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd.’s proposed 2007 acquisition […]

Comment on the EC’s Pharmaceutical Dawn Raids

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Susan Creighton, Scott Russell, Feb 14, 2008 The pharmaceutical industry remains under close examination by antitrust enforcers on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) enforcement activities – challenging both unilateral and concerted action undertaken by pharmaceutical firms – […]

The EC’s Sector Inquiry on Pharmaceuticals

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Luc Gyselen, Feb 14, 2008 Since the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003 on May 1, 2004, the Commission has already launched four comprehensive sector inquiries on the basis of Article 17. They concerned, respectively, energy, retail banking, and business insurance (June 2005) […]

Beyond Critical Loss: Properly Applying the Hypothetical Monopolist Test

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Gregory Werden, Feb 25, 2008 The hypothetical monopolist test (HMT) for market delineation holds that a group of products and associated area constitute a market only if a profit-maximizing monopolist over them would increase price significantly. This test was prominently articulated in the […]