Antitrust and Democracy: Democracy in Antitrust

Posted by Social Science Research Network Antitrust and Democracy: Democracy in Antitrust By Spencer Weber Waller (Loyola University of Chicago) Abstract:     This article analyzes two critical and related questions regarding the eternal quest for better understanding the purposes and tools of competition law and policy. It first looks at the role of democracy as […]

US: Broadway takes legal action against casting directors cartel

US: Broadway takes legal action against casting directors cartel

The League, which represents commercial theatre producers and owners, filed a lawsuit accusing casting directors of forming a cartel to eliminate price competition between their companies. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York December 5 from the League’s attorneys at Proskauer Rose, lists seven prominent casting companies […]

UK: Union warns a merger of SSE and npower could reduce competition

UK: Union warns a merger of SSE and npower could reduce competition

A merger of SSE and npower could reduce competition and lead to further energy price hikes, the GMB union has warned. The GMB union has called on business secretary, Greg Clark, to block the proposed merger of SSE and npower Limited. SSE last week said it had agreed to demerge its household energy and services […]

UK: CMA raids Viagogo, StubHub offices

UK: CMA raids Viagogo, StubHub offices

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reportedly raided the London offices of Viagogo and eBay’s StubHub as part of its ongoing investigation into alleged breaches of UK consumer law by secondary ticketing companies. According to The Guardian’s Rob Davies, officials from the British competition watchdog seized information relating to the two companies’ relationships with […]

EU: Belgian shipping tax arrangement in line with State Aid norms

EU: Belgian shipping tax arrangement in line with State Aid norms

On Monday, November 6, EU competition authorities approved Belgian tax measures for the shipping industry after the country pledged to open the scheme to all ships flying a European flag. The European Commission said the measures would ensure higher social, environmental and safety standards in Europe. “The Belgian scheme requires that if a shipping company […]

UK: CMA demands Euro Car Parts divest assets

UK: CMA demands Euro Car Parts divest assets

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that Euro Car Parts’ purchase of Andrew Page could reduce competition in nine areas across the UK and has demanded that a number of depots be sold to mitigate its concerns. The nine local areas that could be affected by the deal are Blackpool, Brighton, Gloucester, Liphook, […]

EU: Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buy stirs up competition concerns

EU: Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buy stirs up competition concerns

Ryanair has vowed to refer Lufthansa’s deal to acquire some assets of bankrupt Air Berlin to the European Union competition authorities. The Irish carrier had previously described the possibility of a deal between the two German airlines as a “stitch up” intended to strengthen Lufthansa and late on Thursday, October 12, it announced it will […]

EU: Commission fines Lithuania railway operator over competition breach

EU: Commission fines Lithuania railway operator over competition breach

European Union antitrust regulators have fined Lithuania’s state-owned railways almost €28 million (US$33 million) for breaching the bloc’s competition rules. The European Commission, which polices competition, said Monday, October 2, that Lithuanian Railways had broken the rules by dismantling a section of track linking Lithuania to neighboring Latvia. “It is unacceptable and unprecedented that a […]

Mergers are bad for innovation

Posted by Pro Market Mergers Are Bad for Innovation By Asher Schechter As competition authorities and economists worry about the competitive implications of increasingly concentrated markets, horizontal merger reviews should be broadened to include their potential implications for future innovation. So said Tommaso Valletti, the European Commission’s Chief Competition Economist, during a keynote lecture at an […]

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