US: Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

US: Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm on Friday, days after the US government accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics for “modem” chips that connect phones to wireless networks. […]

EU: Antitrust regulators welcome Amazon, Apple audiobook deal

EU: Antitrust regulators welcome Amazon, Apple audiobook deal

Antitrust regulators from the European Union have welcomed an agreement between Apple and Amazon to end exclusivity deals for audiobooks. The agreement between Apple and Amazon and its Audible service to remove the exclusivity obligations allows Audible to supply its downloadable audiobooks to third-party platforms beyond iTunes, the European Commission said Thursday. In addition, the […]

US: Qualcomm exec says FTC ‘rushed’ antitrust lawsuit before Inauguration

US: Qualcomm exec says FTC ‘rushed’ antitrust lawsuit before Inauguration

Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs had some choice words on Thursday for the Federal Trade Commission, which filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the semiconductor company of engaging in anticompetitive tactics. “We were in the process of discussing it with the FTC,” Jacobs told Yahoo Finance anchor Alexis Christoforous during an interview at the World Economic […]

US: FTC after Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use its modems

US: FTC after Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use its modems

US antitrust officials are poised to sue Qualcomm for allegedly using unfair practices in the way it licenses its technology, people familiar with the matter said. Qualcomm, the biggest maker of semiconductors for mobile phones, disclosed in 2014 that the Federal Trade Commission was investigating its licensing practices and said an enforcement action could lead […]

US: Appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple

US: Appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a US appeals court ruled on Thursday. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in […]

Antitrust Snoops on the Loose

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Keith Hylton, Jun 30, 2015 Compliance monitors have become a popular item on the wish lists of antitrust plaintiffs and prosecutors. However, the appointment of such a monitor is beyond the statutory authority of judges in antitrust cases, and unsupportable on the basis […]

Why You Should Love Your Antitrust Compliance Monitor

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Theodore Banks, Jun 30, 2015 Compliance monitors in antitrust cases are not as common as in other areas of enforcement, but the subject has received attention recently due to the controversy surrounding the judicially appointed monitor in the Apple eBooks pricing case. Much […]

What Twitter, the London Stock Exchange, and eHarmony Have in Common and Why the Capital Markets Industry Should Care

What Twitter, the London Stock Exchange, and eHarmony Have in Common and Why the Capital Markets Industry Should Care

Nov 12, 2013 What Twitter, the London Stock Exchange, and eHarmony Have in Common and Why the Capital Markets Industry Should Care – David S. Evans (GlobalEcon/UChicago) At the turn of the century economists made an important discovery. That discovery has revolutionized how we analyze businesses like many of yours. It has huge practical implications […]

Siri: What is Antitrust?

Anant Raut, Jun 13, 2012 The DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple and various book publishers, alleging an unlawful conspiracy to raise eBook prices,evoked a swift and visceral reaction online. Mac-o-philes the world over did a double take at their tablet screens and began posting furiously about the DOJ specifically and antitrust in general. Two things […]

“Siri: What is Antitrust?”

Anant Raut, Jun 13, 2012 The DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple and various book publishers, alleging an unlawful conspiracy to raise eBook prices,evoked a swift and visceral reaction online. Mac-o-philes the world over did a double take at their tablet screens and began posting furiously about the DOJ specifically and antitrust in general. Two things […]