Japan: Airbnb probe ends

Japan: Airbnb probe ends

According to a report from Reuters Japan’s antitrust watchdog will end its inspection of the Japanese operations of Airbnb as the US home-sharing platform provider has taken appropriate measures to eliminate suspicion. Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) opened the probe because Airbnb had forced certain clients not to list properties on a rival website, a move that […]

Spain: Airbnb is not driving up rents says CNMC

Spain: Airbnb is not driving up rents says CNMC

In a report published this week, the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) described the positive effects of the boom of platforms such as Airbnb, and minimized or called into question the negatives effects, reported El Pais. Lower costs for those seeking short-term rentals; a chance to earn money for owners; a dynamic effect […]

EU: Airbnb breaches consumer rules: EC

EU: Airbnb breaches consumer rules: EC

The European Commision told Airbnb on Monday, July 16, to bring its terms and conditions into line with the bloc’s consumer rules or face action by national consumer agencies, reported Reuters. Some of Airbnb’s terms and the way it presents its prices breach the bloc’s unfair commercial practices directive, the unfair contract terms directive and […]

Japan: JTFC raids Airbnb over suspected antitrust practices

Japan: JTFC raids Airbnb over suspected antitrust practices

Japanese antitrust regulators raided last month the offices of Airbnb over suspected violations of antitrust laws, the home rental site said on Friday, November 17, denying any wrongdoing. The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) carried out an on-site inspection of Airbnb and the company is cooperating with the regulators’ investigation, Airbnb Japan said. Regulators seized […]

France: Airbnb automatically caps rental offers in central Paris

France: Airbnb automatically caps rental offers in central Paris

Airbnb is capping the number of days per year its users can rent out their properties in central Paris. The popular home rental app, which has had run-ins with regulators around the world, will only allow hosts to rent for 120 days per year. This will bring users in line with France’s official laws on […]

The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between?

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between? By Mark Anderson (University of Idaho) & Max Huffman (Indiana University) Abstract:      The sharing economy is a new industrial structure that is made possible by instantaneous internet communication and changes […]

New business models and competition enforcement: must we ride the tide of change?

Bruno Lasserre, March 20, 2016 New business models seem all-pervasive today, with the result that older forms of trade feel under constant threat. There is undoubtedly a surge in more intangible forms of innovation that rely on new ways of selling existing goods or services. Recent examples of exponential growth in revenues and market capitalization […]