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The Commission Fines Google for a Third Time: A Turning Point for Competition Enforcement and Digital Platforms?

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion ($1.69 billion) for “abusive practices in online advertising.” That is in addition to the $5 billion and $2.4 billion fines it handed to Google in 2018 and 2017 for other anti-competitive practices. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google “shielded itself from competitive pressure” via exclusive advertising

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Negotiations: Why do we hate to lose?

Negotiating is a part of life. Whether it’s a two year old toddler trying to ‘negotiate’ her way out of eating those vegetables at dinner, a tourist haggling in a bazaar, a salesperson trying to seal the deal or a business executive attending a mediation to resolve a dispute, it

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Abuse of Dominance in the UK Courts

We hear much about cartel damages actions – claims by those harmed when operators in the marketplace have concerted to set prices at an artificially high level, resulting in overpayments and restricted competition in the marketplace. However, another area where it is possible to raise a claim is where an

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The Creation of a “Super-Regulator” for the Utilities Sector: Moving the Deck Chairs?

Following the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Government has recently launched a consultation on how to encourage greater innovation in the utilities sectors. Amongst those measures is a review by the National Infrastructure Committee (NIC) into the operation of UK regulators and the potential establishment of a multi-sector “super-regulator” for utilities.

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