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29 Dec 2022, 10:38 am by Florian Mueller
I have seen reports according to which the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition is widely expected to issue a Statement of Objections (SO) next month, though it would be out of character for DG COMP not to work out the equivalent of a U.S. consent decree. [read post]
22 Dec 2022, 11:01 pm by Florian Mueller
Yesterday the New York Times published an interesting article on Microsoft's approach, Microsoft Gambles on ‘Nice Guy’ Strategy to Close Activision Megadeal. [read post]
14 Dec 2022, 12:45 am by Florian Mueller
That is something the FTC should be more receptive to.Analyst Ben Thompson published a very interesting article on Microsoft-ActivisionBlizzard, most of which is a walk down memory lane all the way back to the first video games and the Atari 2600 console. [read post]
23 Nov 2022, 12:55 am by Florian Mueller
You never know.The other aspect I'd like to highlight here is that the other known complainant is Google--and just like Sony, Google is interested in the very opposite of preserving or fostering competition. [read post]
17 Nov 2022, 12:12 pm by Florian Mueller
(Federal Trade Commission (FTC)), EU (Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) of the European Commission), and the UK (Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)) have to make their next decisions on Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard King. [read post]
15 Nov 2022, 9:27 am by Florian Mueller
What Sony and Google would preferably want is to do exclusive deals with an independent Activision Blizzard that Microsoft is not going to be interested in. [read post]
13 Nov 2022, 12:06 am by Florian Mueller
The fact of the matter is that while DG COMP is in charge, DG COMP does discuss the issues in those cases with other relevant DGs, particularly if they have a relevant industry focus, and officials from other DGs are invited to DG COMP merger hearings. [read post]
8 Nov 2022, 9:18 am by Florian Mueller
First, legislative measures like the DMA, regulatory intervention such as the ongoing DG COMP investigation of the Google Play Store, and litigation (in less than a week, the Ninth Circuit will hear Epic v. [read post]
27 Oct 2022, 9:07 am by Florian Mueller
In actuality, it was about that ongoing DG COMP investigation, but as I explained in the post I just linked to, that announcement by Google doesn't really solve any problem.The Google Play Store is at issue in various jurisdictions. [read post]
23 Oct 2022, 8:06 am by Florian Mueller
But the YouTube-specific part of the CCI's decision is the one I'm less interested in (and which other regulators than the CCI don't seem to consider a priority either).Comparison to other jurisdictions' approachesThis is the most comprehensive Google Android antitrust case I've seen so far. [read post]
16 Oct 2022, 11:59 pm by Florian Mueller
There's nothing wrong with having a set of values, but regulation is more like litigation than like legislation in the sense that if someone has a problem and the problem can be solved, a settlement is preferable--also from a public-interest perspective--over an unnecessary dispute. [read post]
15 Oct 2022, 10:53 pm by Florian Mueller
., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, case no. 20-11032: April 20, 2022 "Brief of Amici Curiae ACT | The App Association, Computer and Communication[s] Industry Association, High Tech Inventor[s] Alliance, and Public Interest Patent Law Institute in support of petition for interference en banc" (I haven't mentioned Perkins Coie before, but I know and respect former as well as current Perkins partners)Google v. [read post]
14 Oct 2022, 1:21 am by Florian Mueller
Let's start in the European Union and then cross the Pond.Brussels-based Reuters antitrust expert Foo Yun Chee reported yesterday that the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) appears to be readying a Statement of Objections (SO) against Google's $100B+ ad business. [read post]
13 Oct 2022, 9:01 pm by Joe Whitworth
DG Sante said several actions to address findings made after the beef and poultry audits have been implemented. [read post]
11 Oct 2022, 6:31 am
Leruth, Pierre Régibeau, chief competition economist in DG Competition at the European Commission, and Luc Renneboog, Professor of Corporate Finance at Tilburg University and associate researcher at the European Corporate Governance Institute. [read post]
10 Oct 2022, 9:55 am by Florian Mueller
Whether that makes him the EU equivalent of a carpetbagger is an interesting question, but not the issue here. [read post]
6 Oct 2022, 12:51 am by Florian Mueller
There are three paragraphs that stress the "central objective of CADE's efforts" ("o objetivo central da atuação do Cade"), which is that of every competition authority in the civilized world: to protect, in the interest of consumer welfare, the competitive process ("concorrência") (as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit also emphasized in its FTC v. [read post]
2 Oct 2022, 2:49 am by Florian Mueller
This is a follow-up to Merits must matter: European Commission, formally notified of Microsoft-ActivisionBlizzard deal today, schedules Phase 1 merger review decision for November 8.Deal Reporter, a subscription-based news service that reports on developments surrounding mergers and acquisitions (and, particularly, the related regulatory approval processes), has identified two active complainants over the $70B transaction: Sony, whose PlayStation chief reportedly flew to Brussels for a September 8… [read post]