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The Costs of International Antitrust Enforcement and Superficial Convergence

TOTM There is an interesting profile on Intel in the WSJ.   While the profile focuses on some of the technological and competitive challenges facing Intel and CEO Paul . . .

There is an interesting profile on Intel in the WSJ.   While the profile focuses on some of the technological and competitive challenges facing Intel and CEO Paul Otellini, the CEO mentions the proliferation of antitrust laws across the globe, and the uncertainty associated with regulatory costs in such an environment, as one of the major potential impediments facing the company…

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An Unsurprising Result

TOTM The Irish Competition Authority releases a report offering the stunning finding that “The retail planning system limits competition among grocery retailers and as a result . . .

The Irish Competition Authority releases a report offering the stunning finding that “The retail planning system limits competition among grocery retailers and as a result consumers are not getting the best possible choice or value for money.”

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International Antitrust Explosion in the FT

TOTM Financial Times (HT: Danny Sokol) highlights the problem of multi-jurisdictional antitrust enforcement, emphasizing the rise of India and China.  The article repeats the basic point, . . .

Financial Times (HT: Danny Sokol) highlights the problem of multi-jurisdictional antitrust enforcement, emphasizing the rise of India and China.  The article repeats the basic point, worth repeating, that international cooperation can help avoid bad outcomes with multiple regulatory stakeholders with different incentives and institutional environments…

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Intel’s Loyalty Rebates: Why the Interventionists Are Wrong

TOTM The New York Times isn’t the only one calling for the FTC to go after Intel for its purportedly exclusionary discounting. The reliably interventionist American . . .

The New York Times isn’t the only one calling for the FTC to go after Intel for its purportedly exclusionary discounting. The reliably interventionist American Antitrust Institute concurs. In a recent letter to the FTC, it wrote…

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Here We Go Again? The Transatlantic Fireworks over Microsoft Begin …

TOTM EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes responds to the USDOJ Antitrust AG’s criticism of the recent Microsoft decision… Read the full piece here. 

EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes responds to the USDOJ Antitrust AG’s criticism of the recent Microsoft decision…

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Reactions to the Microsoft Decision

TOTM The reaction to the CFI’s Microsoft decision (press release here) thus far has been largely negative. Read the full piece here.

The reaction to the CFI’s Microsoft decision (press release here) thus far has been largely negative.

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Chinese Antitrust Law Coming Soon … ?

TOTM It looks like, according to this report, the long-awaited Chinese Anti-Monopoly law will be passed next week and take effect August 1, 2008.  See here . . .

It looks like, according to this report, the long-awaited Chinese Anti-Monopoly law will be passed next week and take effect August 1, 2008.  See here for my recent post on the Chinese antitrust law with links to relevant scholarship, and here for Geoff’s earlier post while visiting the Conglomerate a while back. See also the China Business Law Blog on the NDRC’s successful challenge against the China Ramen Noodle Association under the Price Law.

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Antitrust in China

TOTM It appears that China may be very close to passing its Anti-Monopoly Law (HT: Danny Sokol).  Like many others, I’ve been following these developments (see, . . .

It appears that China may be very close to passing its Anti-Monopoly Law (HT: Danny Sokol).  Like many others, I’ve been following these developments (see, e.g., the ABA’s comments on the proposed law here).  I will also be taking a trip out to China sometime later this year and so am interested in learning as much as possible about antitrust regulation in China as it occurs now as well as obstacles to its implementation under the new revised law.

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eSapience Center for Competition Policy Launches Website

TOTM The eSapience Center for Competition Policy (eCCP) has launched its website, and it looks like a very promising resource for competition policy lawyers and economists. . . .

The eSapience Center for Competition Policy (eCCP) has launched its website, and it looks like a very promising resource for competition policy lawyers and economists. The site includes access to eCCP’s Competition Policy International journal (which has already attracted articles from a number of top competition policy writers; here is the link to the latest issue), case notes, op-eds, collections of works, and book reviews.

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