US Department of Justice sues Google, seeks to break up its ad tech business

On 24 January 2023, in what Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter described as a “historic moment”, the US Department of Justice (“DoJ”) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia over Google’s ad tech business (the text of the complaint is available here). The lawsuit, joined … Continue reading US Department of Justice sues Google, seeks to break up its ad tech business

Interview with Sarah Cardell, CEO of the CMA

On 17 November, the Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement that the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill will be introduced into parliament in the 3rd session. That is of course welcome news for those who consider that ex ante regulation needs to complement competition law in digital markets. In this context, I am delighted that Sarah … Continue reading Interview with Sarah Cardell, CEO of the CMA

The European Commission’s investigation into music streaming: Why Spotify has good reasons to be impatient

Yesterday, a group of app developers and trade associations urged the Commission to take swift action to bring Apple’s anticompetitive conduct to an end. It is easy to sympathize with their impatience. Almost two years ago, i.e., in April 2021, the Commission sent a statement of objections to Apple on the ground that “it distorted … Continue reading The European Commission’s investigation into music streaming: Why Spotify has good reasons to be impatient

Platform antitrust/regulation in 2023: Our eleven predictions

Happy New Year to all! The authors of this blog wish you the best for what will be a thrilling year for those interested in platforms. It has never been more exciting to operate in the tech space. To start the new year, we have put our heads together to make eleven predictions about 2023. … Continue reading Platform antitrust/regulation in 2023: Our eleven predictions