Archive for the ‘Polls and quizzes’ Category
In a recent book review I wrote: “Ask most competition specialists about what a “restriction of competition” is and you will get a surprising variety of theories, and most likely some striking silences“.
So this is an empirical test. The question should be simple for anyone geek enough to read this blog:
WHAT IS A RESTRICTION OF COMPETITION?
The best one paragraph response wins. You can write your definitions as comments to this post. The one who gets the most “likes”/”thumbs up” by October 1st wins (and this includes both the blog’s homepage and the LinkedIn group.
This time we’re raising the stakes: instead of a round of beers, we offer to invite the winner of this quiz (+ a guest) to either lunch, dinner or an open tap of beers.
Low participation confirms my point (that’s a smart
ass way of turning this into a win-win situation) ;)
A few days ago, a funny post of mine scheduled for publication was deleted by my one-handed friend Alfonso.
With his dysfunctional arm he can’t write. But he certainly can press the erase button.
I will not ressuscitate this post on pain of causing him a heart attack.
But I have decided to write something in the same spirit. After all, we (luckily) don’t live in North Korea. I leave it to our readers to guess what my censored post was about.
So here we go. With the expiration of Commissioner Almunia’s ultimatum on 31 January 2013, journalists were star crazy yesterday.
Habemus papam “It has arrived” said today a popelike Joaquin Almunia, alluding to Google’s proposed settlement package.
I will try to run more polls of this kind in the future (subject to the prior authorization of my learned co-blogger).
A few weeks ago we posted a story about the “competition pills” that the Spanish Competition Authority (CNC) is distributing (see here). We remarked the “originality” of this promotional campaign. Yesterday, one of our readers (thanks, Luca!) posted a comment in which he questions such originality; the comment reads as follows:
“This is scandalous!! Plagiarism!!
They’ve copied the idea, the packaging, the leaflet, the design – literally, everything except the color, red instead of deep blue – from a record by Spiritualized of 1997 – “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re floating in space”.
Am I the only one old enough to remember this masterpiece?
Still I’d be curious to know who’s the psychedelic case handler at the CNC who came up with the idea”.
Since our readers’ wishes are our commands, we are launching a quest to find the musically literate CNC official/s who came up with this idea, and we want to interview her/him/them here (about music
, copyright and the promotion of competition).
The customary beer tasting reward applies to whoever gives us any information that may help us in our quest.
Antitrust quizzes seem to be the flavor of the day.
In the past few weeks we posted a few on this blog (see here, here, and here). Today we have just learnt that the European Commission has launched its own competition law quiz: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consumers/quiz/index_en.html
Nice initiative from the Commission! (many thanks to our friend Isabel Yglesias for pointing us to it)
It’s actually quite well done. It has 3 levels: “Basic (general audience); Advanced (students in competition law); Expert (advanced students in competition law and practitioners)” (as if all practitioners had expert knowledge…).
We would love to arrange a competition among our readers to see how many of you get 10/10, but we have no way of verifyng any results you would report, and since most of you are also lawyers we can’t just trust you..
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P.S. We can’t give you more details for the moment, but you should know that a sort of competition law quiz will be an important part of
the competition law conference of the century, decade, year, month? the first Chillin’ Competition conference.
The program is now half baked, and we will soon start contacting the speakers/participants we have in mind. We will be giving you further information in the coming days.
My co-blogger Nicolas is, like Apple and Microsoft, on a complaining mood. Last week he was whining about how in the past few weeks I would (allegedly) not have complied with all of my blog-related duties. Nonetheless, he was smart enough to hide the criticism behind an excessive panegyrical of both my firm and myself, so now I feel I need to give something in return. That’s why I’m committed to give a last push to his campaign for Concurrence’s Antitrust Writing Awards:
Some weeks ago we referred here to this most interesting initiative by the Institute of Competition Law and George Washington Law School, and announced that Nicolas had been selected as one of the candidates for the award in the category of academic articles. Since we launched our online-campaign Nicolas’ piece has reached the first position both in terms of rating (4.44/5) and in terms of number of votes (with more than twice as many votes as the runner up) (temporary results are available here).
As you know, a French movie featuring a funnily looking French chap (see pic above) was the big winner at the Oscar ceremony held last Sunday. I never thought I would say this, but here it goes: please help the French winning streak continue! (Come on; think that it’s highly unlikely that any Frenchman will be winning anything else in the
coming decades near future).
You can vote for Nicolas’ piece on “Credit Rating Agencies, the Sovereign Debt Crisis and Competition Law” by clicking here.
Something no one knows about this piece is that it has inspired a complaint lodged by a member of the Italian Parliament with the Italian Antitrust Authority (see here).
The usual incentive applies: if Nicolas wins, all those writing a comment to this post saying that they have voted for him will receive a free beer by courtesy of the candidate.
The awards ceremony will take place on Washington D.C on 27 March. If Nico wins, that moment could recreate another well-remembered landmark in the history of cinema: “Mr Petit goes to Washington” (see capture of the film below) ;)
Competition law quizzes are getting popular:
The International Committee of the ABA’s Antitrust Section is apparently running an Antitrust Trivia (thanks to Vera Sopeña for the pointer!)
He remembers having read somewhere that Baldus de Ubaldis - the greatest legal thinker of the Middle Ages – considered that the law against boycotts and restraint of trade was part of natural law, and thus pre-empted postive law and was universally applicable. Anybody finding the right quote is welcome to share a beer with Antoine.
As you see, the “beer reward” is becoming a tradition here ;)
Las Siete Partidas, passed by Alfonso X, El Sabio (1265) [Alfonso "The Wise"].
Congrats to Tatiana Siakka, David Mamane, Andrey, and Lorenzo Climenti! (Nico: you can afford 4 beers, right?)
Here is an explanation extracted from their answers:
Title 7 within Law 2 of the Fifth Partida, entitled “Of the shortages and bids that merchants create between themselves through oats and guilds” was the legal provision prohibiting traders from engaging in price-fixing and output restriction.
The Code was elaborated in Spain (Castile), but it was in force in Latin America until the modern codification movement (1822–1916). Until the beginning of the 19th century, they were even in effect in the parts of the United States, such as Louisiana, California or Nevada, that had previously belonged to the Spanish empire and used civil law. Furthermore, they served as the legal foundation for the formation of the governing juntas that were established in both Spain and Spanish America after the imprisonment of King Fernando VII during the Peninsular War.
Below you will find a scanned version of the relevant part by courtesy of José Luis Buendía.
[The text appears in Spanish and Latin. Since the short bios available at Brussels-based law firms suggest that all competition lawyers are fluent in practically every language, we trust that many of you will be able to understand it ;) ]
P.S. Could someone please edit wikipedia´s entry for History of Competition Law?
According to the stakeholders study, DG COMP has arguably enforced the competition rules in a satisfactory fashion, both from a substantive and procedural standpoint.
As part of their exam, my students from EDHEC Business School have been requested to assess whether the findings of DG COMP’s stakeholder study are sound. To this end, I have required them to run a counter-stakeholders’ survey, which takes the form of a reduced questionnaire.
I would like to offer our readers the opportunity to help my studs, by filling-in the below questionnaire:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHZVVWI0SzNhNUFQUlpsa2NnZWVra1E6MQ (or simply by clicking here)
Please note that it should take you a maximum of 15 minutes to complete this survey. Obviously, all the responses to the survey will remain confidential and will be used for the sole academic purpose of this study. If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire, you may contact my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Name of assistants/students involved in the research project: Elise Provost; Naruttama Asvamanee;Edouard Augris; Melissa Butarbutar; Guilain Lobut; Anne-Juliette Lepoutre; Sabine Racine; Mariama Sene.