US: Burger King owner to buy Popeyes Chicken for $1.8 billion

Restaurant Brands International agreed to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. for about $1.8 billion, adding a fried-chicken chain to its lineup of burgers and doughnuts. The acquisition would be the first major deal for Restaurant Brands, which was formed in the 2014 merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons. The company’s managers have long said […]

US: Tyson CEO says SEC price-fixing probe is ‘grasping at straws’

In an interview this week CEO of Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes told “Squawk on the Street” that the US Security and Exchange Commission’s price-fixing probe was unfounded. “So the SEC is investigating, is reviewing, because there’s an underlying case, an antitrust case, that is baseless,” he said. “And really, plainest words, grasping at straws. And […]

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

Google, Mobile And Competition: The Current State Of Play

By Benjamin Edelman – Google’s widely-used Android operating system is open source software. Any developer who wishes to examine the source code can download it in full. Any device manufacturer that wishes to install “bare Android” can do so free of any Google apps whatsoever, and subject to minimal restrictions and few obligations to Google or […]

Bank Mergers And Systemic Risk

Bank Mergers And Systemic Risk

By Zsolt Macskasi –  In this article, the author begins with a brief description of the regulatory environment and the recent history of bank mergers in the U.S., followed by a discussionof the regulatory practices regarding the analysis of the likely effects of bank mergers on the stability of the financial system. The article contrasts systemic […]

Analyzing The Geographic Market In Hospital Mergers: Travel Patterns Take A Backseat To Payer Response

Analyzing The Geographic Market In Hospital Mergers: Travel Patterns Take A Backseat To Payer Response

By Andrea Levine & Andy Hasty – This article looks at recent hospital merger cases which highlight not only the importance of a properly defined geographic market, but also courts’ definitive shift away from relying on patient travel patterns in making this determination. A close look at the ensuing hospital merger challenges shows that patient flow […]

Challenge Restraints And The Scope Of The Patent

Challenge Restraints And The Scope Of The Patent

By Erik Hovenkamp – Challenge restraints are used within a variety of different patent agreements – ranging from ordinary licensing deals to “reverse settlements” – with varying competitive effects.However, the courts have failed to recognize challenge restraints as a distinct antitrust issue. This brief article explains why they ought to be viewed as such. The analysis […]

Network Neutrality in an Increasingly Diverse World

Network Neutrality in an Increasingly Diverse World

By Christopher S. Yoo – Over the course of the last year, regulatory interest in network neutrality has intensified. This analysis suggests the need to understand the trade offs inherent in any decision to standardize around any particular design and to appreciate that any such standardization can have hidden costs. Only by framing standardization as a […]

Engineering Competition Through Spectrum Policy: Previous Approaches and Why 5G Needs Change

Engineering Competition Through Spectrum Policy: Previous Approaches and Why 5G Needs Change

By Martin Cave & William Webb – This paper reviews recent developments in “marketizing” spectrum, but it also addresses new approaches to spectrum management based upon sharing, either via so-called spectrum commons or by a more limited set of users. This method is particularly apposite to the next great challenge facing spectrum management, the development […]

CPI TALKS: Interview with FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny – July 2016

CPI TALKS: Interview with FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny – July 2016

In this interesting interview, Commissioner McSweeny addresses questions concerning unilateral conduct section investigations, the Sunshine laws, the Sharing economy andBrexit, among other topics. You can also watch the video of the interview at: https://vimeo.com/competitionpolicyint This content is for paid subscriptions only. Click Here to Subscribe

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