The EU Competition Law Fining System: A Quantitative Review of the Commission Decisions between 2000 and 2017

Posted by Social Science Research Network The EU Competition Law Fining System: A Quantitative Review of the Commission Decisions between 2000 and 2017 By Damien Geradin (TILEC) & Katarzyna Sadrak (University of Heidelberg) Abstract:       There is a large amount of legal and economic literature on the fining policy of the European Commission for […]

Reflections on Section 5 of the FTC Act & the FTC’s Case Against Intel

Daniel Crane, Feb 28, 2010 The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC’s”) unprecedented enforcement action against Intel raises profound issues concerning the scope of the FTC’s powers to give a construction to Section 5 of the FTC Act that goes beyond the substantive reach of the Sherman Act. While I have urged the FTC to assert such […]

EU: McDonald’s accused of antitrust practices in France, Italy and Germany

EU: McDonald’s accused of antitrust practices in France, Italy and Germany

McDonald’s is facing antitrust complaints in France, Germany and Italy for allegedly abusing its market power to force franchisees to charge higher prices than in stores it operates directly. McDonald’s also charges excessively higher rents for franchise locations and imposes terms that restrict franchisees from shifting to other brands, the complaints allege. For consumers in […]

South Africa: Competition Commission pursues prosecution of seed potato supplier

South Africa: Competition Commission pursues prosecution of seed potato supplier

The Competition Commission has asked the Competition Tribunal to prosecute Netherlands-based seed potato breeder HZPC Holland and its exclusive South African distributor Wesgro Potatoes for the alleged abuse of dominance in supplying Mondial seed potatoes varietal in the country. Wesgro has an exclusive agreement with HZPC to sell the Mondial seed potato varietal to commercial […]

The Tetra Pak Case: Are Loyalty Rebates Treated Differently By The Chinese Antitrust Regulator?

The Tetra Pak Case: Are Loyalty Rebates Treated Differently By The Chinese Antitrust Regulator?

By Michael Han, Andrew Skudder and David Boyle – In November 2016, the SAIC published its penalty decision against Tetra Pak. Following a thorough investigation, the SAIC imposed a fine of USD $97 million on Tetra Pak for abusing its dominant market position in the liquid food aseptic carton packaging industry. The SAIC’s decision in […]

US: Companies lobby for FTC choice that can take-on tech giants

US: Companies lobby for FTC choice that can take-on tech giants

Companies with past issues with Google believe President Trump should nominate Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to be the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. The Wall Street Journal reported that a number of companies and interest groups have waged behind-the-scenes lobbying campaigns over who will chair the Federal Trade Commission Reyes, a rising […]

US: Fairway Energy files antitrust lawsuit against Magellan Midstream

US: Fairway Energy files antitrust lawsuit against Magellan Midstream

In an antitrust lawsuit filed today in Harris County District Court, Fairway Energy Partners, alleges that Magellan Midstream Partners and its subsidiary, Magellan Crude Oil Pipeline Company are stifling competition by demanding exorbitant fees to enrich itself at the expense of new entrants to the market and ultimately at the expense of the public. “Fairway […]

U.S. / EU Antitrust Friction In The Time Of Brexit: Toward A Rosier Scenario?

U.S. / EU Antitrust Friction In The Time Of Brexit: Toward A Rosier Scenario?

By Tad Lipsky – Although U.S. and EU antitrust rules share many elements, their historical roots are distinct and a variety of important tensions and inconsistencies persist between the two systems. Firms with operations in both jurisdictions are typically required to follow different legal advice and to operate differently in each. In many circumstances such firms […]

The Value of Checks and Balances: “Non“ Dominance in Restricted TV and Audio in Mexico

The Value of Checks and Balances: “Non“ Dominance in Restricted TV and Audio in Mexico

February 14, 2017 The Value of Checks and Balances: “Non“ Dominance in Restricted TV and Audio in Mexico – Francisco E. Castillo & Elisa V. Mariscal (Global Economics Group) Click here to download the Full article One of the characteristics of a democratic country is the existence of checks and balances between its different branches […]

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

Android, iOS And Market Power – What Does Mobile Platform Competition Really Look Like?

By Jakob Kucharczyk – The European Commission’s competition investigation into Google’s Android mobile operating system (“OS”) has raised a lot of attention and commentary. So far most comments focused on the “abuse” part of that investigation. While the issue of “abuse” is arguably the more interesting part in most Article 102 cases, the finding of […]