What the Court’s Expert in the Interchange Fee Litigation Said about Analyzing Antitrust for Two-Sided Platforms

What the Court’s Expert in the Interchange Fee Litigation Said about Analyzing Antitrust for Two-Sided Platforms

David Evans, Sep 10, 2013 (Click here for a PDF version of the article.) Last week a court appointed expert in the interchange fee litigation in the United States submitted a memorandum that evaluated the economic arguments presented by the plaintiffs and defendants. His memorandum highlights the importance of the new economic learning on two-sided […]

CRCAL Presents: Workshop on the State of Competition in Key Economic Sectors in Honduras

Rodrigo Rios, Aug 19, 2013 The Regional Competition Center for Latin America (CRCAL), the World Bank (WB), the Bank Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP), and the local competition authority (Comisión para la Defensa y Promoción de la Competencia from Honduras: CDPC) held on July 29, 2013 a workshop on the “Current State of Competition in Key […]

Analyzing Competition Among Internet Players: Qihoo 360 v. Tencent

Howard Chang, David Evans, Vanessa Yanhua Zhang, May 14, 2013 In one of the most significant antitrust decisions since China implemented the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”) in 2008, the Guangdong High People’s Court (“Guangdong High Court”) dismissed claims on anticompetitive bundling and exclusionary practice brought by Qihoo 360 against Tencent. The Guangdong High Court issued an 80-page […]

A 2012 progress report on The Antitrust Analysis of Multi-Sided Platforms

A 2012 progress report on The Antitrust Analysis of Multi-Sided Platforms

David Evans, Richard Schmalensee, Nov 13, 2012 Adapted from the Introduction and Conclusions to The Antitrust Analysis of Multi-Sided Platforms by David S. Evans and Richard Schmalensee, which is forthcoming in Roger Blair and Daniel Sokol, eds., Oxford Handbook on International Antitrust Economics, Oxford University Press. Since the birth of the multi-sided platform literature, three […]

Deal Makers Beware: Recent Trends in U.S. Merger Enforcement

Daniel Hemli, Jacqueline Java, Oct 15, 2012 While the recovery in mergers and acquisitions activity following the global financial crisis so far has been tepid at best, antitrust merger enforcement has been taking place at an almost frantic pace. This heightened enforcement activity follows on the heels of significant developments in antitrust merger law and […]

Should the e-Book Case Presage the Decline of The Per Se and Market Share Doctrines?

Steven Semeraro, Jun 13, 2012 The U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (“Division”), has filed a high profile case against Apple and several large book publishers (“Complaint”). The case alleges that the defendants agreed to change the way eBooks were sold. Traditionally, publishers followed the wholesale model, selling books outright-both “e” and traditional-to booksellers who […]

Use and Misuse of Empirical Methods in the Economics of Antitrust, II

Dennis Carlton, Mar 14, 2011 The application of economics to issues involving competition policy has always required a mixture of economic theory and empirical analysis. As any good lawyer knows, an economic analysis typically must rely on the facts of the industry under study to be credible. As a result, empirical analysis is often a […]

Practical Aspects of Aftermarkets in European Competition Law

John Temple Lang, May 20, 2011 An “aftermarket” is a market for the supply of products or services needed for or in connection with the use of a relatively long-lasting piece of equipment that has already been acquired. Aftermarkets give rise to several kinds of questions under competition law. Does a relevant market for competitive analysis consist of separate […]

AT&T/T-Mobile: Does Efficiency Really Count?

FCCHoward Chang, David Evans, Richard Schmalensee, Oct 31, 2011 AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile faces two major court challenges: the Justice Department’s suit to block the deal and Sprint’s private suit. The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), which has overlapping jurisdiction in reviewing the transaction, has also expressed concerns. Addressing the Justice Department’s concerns, […]

Margin Squeeze in Mexican Mobile Telecommunications

Victor Pavon-Villamayor, Aug 30, 2011 On April 7th 2011, the Mexican Competition Commission (“CFC”) imposed a historic fine against TELCEL, the largest mobile operator in Mexico and a subsidiary of the Latin American telecommunications giant America Movil. The fine was motivated by the identification of allegedly anticompetitive conduct in the market for the “termination” of […]