EU: Regulator accepts Hollywood studios, Sky UK concessions

EU: Regulator accepts Hollywood studios, Sky UK concessions

The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by top Hollywood film studios and Sky UK on their pay TV services that will allow European Union consumers to access films via satellite or online when they are outside Britain and Ireland, reported the Financial Times. Thursday’s agreement smashes the country-by-country licensing regime that has dominated the sales of […]

UK: CMA prepares legal action against Viagogo

UK: CMA prepares legal action against Viagogo

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has publicly warned secondary ticketing site Viagogo that it is still not compliant with terms of a court order served in November 2018. The British competition authority is preparing legal action against secondary ticketing platform Viagogo, to find the company in contempt. “Although some improvements have been made since […]

Australia: Ruralco backs 44% premium in Canada’s Nutrien bid

Australia: Ruralco backs 44% premium in Canada’s Nutrien bid

Australian rural services firm Ruralco Holdings on Wednesday, February 27, backed a $337 million takeover bid by Canada’s Nutrien, the latest potential tie-up in a sector consolidating in the face of severe drought. Fertilizer giant Nutrien, which owns Landmark, one of the largest agricultural businesses in Australia, offered AU$4.40 a share in cash for rival […]

EU: Thales-Alstom deal was “de facto impossible” says Caine

EU: Thales-Alstom deal was “de facto impossible” says Caine

The CEO of France’s Thales has ruled out a deal with Alstom weeks after a merger between the French train company and Germany’s Siemens was scuppered by European competition authorities. The same competition hurdles that stymied the Siemens-Alstom deal “would be so high” that a Thales-Alstom deal was “de facto impossible”, Patrice Caine said to the […]

US: Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust to hold hearing in March on Concentration

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 2:30pm EST,  the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing entitled: “Does America Have a Monopoly Problem?: Examining Concentration and Competition in the US Economy.” Chairman Mike Lee of Utah will preside over the hearing. Witnesses will include: The Honorable Robert […]

US: Contractors hit with no-poach class action

US: Contractors hit with no-poach class action

An antitrust class-action complaint filed February 7 in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleged a group of US government contractors entered into illegal no-poaching agreements with each other. The class of current and former employees seeks damages and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs, who all worked at the Joint Intelligence Operations […]

The Anticompetitive Effects of Vertical Most-Favored-Nation Restraints and the Error of Amex

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Anticompetitive Effects of Vertical Most-Favored-Nation Restraints and the Error of Amex By Dennis W. Carlton (University of Chicago) This paper illustrates the underlying economic logic behind the anticompetitive effects of what Ralph Winter and I have labeled vertical most favored nation restraints in Carlton and Winter (2018). Those […]

España: CNMC critica plan para combate a Cambio Climático; propone alternativas

España: CNMC critica plan para combate a Cambio Climático; propone alternativas

El presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), José María Marín Quemada, se dirigió esta semana al presidente del Parlamento de las Baleares, Baltasar Picornell, señalando que el proyecto de Ley de Cambio Climático y Transición Energética propuesto para el gobierno de la provincia insular tiene el potencial para producir […]

Argentina: Con participación de CNDC, gobierno modifica reglamento de licitación de gas

Argentina: Con participación de CNDC, gobierno modifica reglamento de licitación de gas

El gobierno de Argentina citó esta semana a las principales distribuidoras de gas natural del país para modificar las condiciones de las subastas para el abastecimiento de hogares en el país, respondiendo a las sugerencias y exigencias de los mismos empresarios. Gustavo Lopetegui, secretario de Energía, anunció el cambio en los plazos para pago (que […]

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