Category Archives: Antitrust – Competition law

Antitrust and Competition Law news articles, reiews, notes and blog examples.

Iran sanctions: United States reimposes sanctions and the EU responds

In the early hours of Tuesday, 7 August 2018, and as foreshadowed by President Trump’s announcement on 8 May 2018, the United States reimposed certain secondary sanctions on Iran, being those which apply to non-U.S. persons. The imposition of these sanctions follows the conclusion of a 90-day wind-down period and, as mentioned in our previous blog post, will impact (among other things) trade in graphite, raw or semi-finished metals and the Iranian automotive sector. Importantly, the new Iran sanctions permit the U.S. government to impose sanctions on non-U.S. persons who provide significant support to those acting in violation of the sanctions. Note that a second wind-down period expires in early November, at which time further secondary sanctions will be reimposed, affecting, among other things, shipping, the petroleum and petrochemical industry, and insurance. The new Executive Order signed by the President, however, makes clear that the sanctions do not apply to any….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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DOJ Reviewing Paramount Consent Decrees

On August 2, 2018, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division announced that it would begin a review of legacy consent decrees “regulat[ing] how certain movie studios distribute films to movie theatres.”  The Paramount Consent Decrees have been in place for almost 70 years.  U.S. v. Paramount, 334 U.S. 131 (1948).  The Supreme Court decision forced major studios to sell their theater chains. Since that ruling, the Paramount decrees, have governed the way that studios do business with exhibitors. The decrees have prohibited certain “motion picture distribution practices, including block booking (bundling multiple films into one theatre license), circuit dealing (entering into one license that covered all theatres in a theatre circuit), resale price maintenance (setting minimum prices on movie tickets), and granting overbroad clearances (exclusive film licenses for specific geographic areas).” The DOJ has indicated its review will take into account….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Three Reasons To Hire An Appellate Lawyer

Author: Jarod Bona So let’s say that you are general counsel of a company suing a larger competitor for Monopolization and Attempted Monopolization under Sherman Act, Section 2 based upon that competitor’s exclusive-dealing agreements. You have a great case; that much was made clear in your summary judgment briefing and the attached economist reports. But you turn on your computer, hear the “You’ve Got Mail,” voice, and see a short email from your antitrust attorney. Attached is the trial-court opinion granting summary judgment against you. Oh no! Then the phone rings, you answer, and your lawyer methodically explains exactly how the judge got it wrong. You are heart-broken. You really thought you’d get through this stage, and were already thinking about the trial. You are going to appeal. That is an easy decision. There is so much at stake, and it really does look like the trial court made some mistakes. Here are three reasons why you should….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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On the merger paradox and asymmetric product differentiation

Tsuyoshi Toshimitsu (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University) and Tetsuya Nakajima (Faculty of Economics, Osaka City University) provide thoughts On the merger paradox and asymmetric product differentiation. ABSTRACT: Assuming asymmetric product differentiation, we reconsider the merger paradox in the cases….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Assessing Autonomous Algorithmic Collusion: Q-Learning Under Sequential Pricing

Timo Klein University of Amsterdam – Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) is Assessing Autonomous Algorithmic Collusion: Q-Learning Under Sequential Pricing. ABSTRACT: A novel debate within competition policy and regulation circles is whether autonomous machine learning algorithms are able to tacitly….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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