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What Would an Illegal Price Fixing Bot Look Like? Sending Price Fixing Robots to Price Fixer Robot Jail

A few weeks ago, we looked at price setting bots and whether what they were doing could constitute a violation of the Sherman Act. Generally, we concluded that a bot that set price off a competitor’s publicly available prices was not illegal.  In competitive markets, competitors set price at cost.  If they can set price … Continue Reading

Price Setting Bots Aren’t Price Fixing Bots, and Airline Tariff Publishing is Wrong

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, in a speech at the Bundeskartellamt’s 18th Conference on Competition, European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, discussed the specter of automated price fixing cartels.  She mentioned the Department of Justice suit against the poster vendor on Amazon as well as Google, which apparently prefers its own comparison shopping service over … Continue Reading

Bill MacLeod’s Message From The Chair (Fifty Countries and Counting, Sixty Sessions and More – at Spring Meeting)

macleod_williamBill MacLeod is serving as the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s 2016-2017 Chair. Below is his most recent message as posted on the ABA website: Fifty Countries and Counting, Sixty Sessions and More – at Spring Meeting Competition and consumer protection are convening in Washington for an early spring this year.  Officials from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, … Continue Reading

William MacLeod, Chair, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Provides Introductory Note to the 2017 Presidential Transition Report

macleod_williamBill MacLeod, chair of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section and Kelley Drye partner, addressed the Section with an introductory note to their eighth sequential Presidential Transition Report. The 2017 Presidential Transition Report offers a retrospective of current state and federal antitrust and consumer protection law and policy, as well as recommendations for ways the new Trump administration might … Continue Reading
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