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 […]

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 […]

Rethinking the CCA: Draft Legislation Lays Groundwork for Significant Change

Rethinking the CCA: Draft Legislation Lays Groundwork for Significant Change

By Elizabeth Avery, Simon Muys & Matt Rubinstein – Australia’s competition laws have been under review for over two years. The Competition Policy Review chaired by Professor Ian Harper “the Harper Review” deliver its final report on March 31, 2015. It then took another 12 months for the Commonwealth Government to finalize its response to the Harper […]

Canada’s TREB Decision on Abuse of Dominance: Points of Possible Divergence

Canada’s TREB Decision on Abuse of Dominance: Points of Possible Divergence

By Randall Hofley – The recent Canadian Competition Tribunal decision in Commissioner of Competition v. Toronto Real Estate Board provides a detailed outline of each element of Canadian abuse of dominance law and, while generally consistent with analogous U.S. and European Commission law, some potential differences arise, most notably as regards anticompetitive intent, the participation of […]

How Many “Likes” for the German Facebook Antitrust Probe?

How Many “Likes” for the German Facebook Antitrust Probe?

By Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch – The German Federal Cartel Office caused quite a stir, not only among antitrust lawyers, when it recently announced that it had opened an investigation against Facebook based on the allegation of abuse of dominance. This article addresses three questions at the heart of the proceedings which will shape the future […]

Rebates: Formalism, Effects and the Real World

Rebates: Formalism, Effects and the Real World

By Lia Vitzilaiou – Rebates by dominant undertakings are a controversial area in competition law. While they can be part of genuine price competition and lead to lower prices, they can be also used by dominant firms as a means to exclude competitors and effectively harm customers. Under one approach, a rebate must be regarded as […]

All Eyes On Antitrust Enforcement In China’s Pharmaceutical Industry

All Eyes On Antitrust Enforcement In China’s Pharmaceutical Industry

By Adrian Emch & Jiaming Zhang – August 1, 2016 marks the eighth anniversary of the entry into effect of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”). Enforcement of the law has gone through various phases, with the peak – at least in terms of press coverage – during 2014, culminating in the Qualcomm decision by the National […]