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Archive for January 20th, 2011

ChillinLeaks (or kind of)

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There’s been a bunch of significant antitrust news in recent days.

Since they have already been revealed on other websites, they are not genuine ChillinLeaks.

  • We learned today that the august Trevor Soames had left Howrey Brussels. We wish him luck for his new ventures. We do also wish luck to our good friend Miguel Rato who, in addition to being one of the brightest young competition lawyers in the market, was recently made partner there (and to other friends who have left/stay with the firm).
  • Very many thanks also Geoffroy Van de Walle de Ghelcke who informed us that the European Google Antitrust Questionnaire had been posted on the Internet (and on the excellent antitrust review).
  • Finally, I have been interviewed yesterday on Apple’s threats to remove free newpapers’ applications from AppStore . Apple apparently wants to push newspapers to sell (read in exchange for a price) online subscriptions for iPads exclusively through iTunes (and not for free through other platforms or in connection with paper subscriptions). The Belgian Minister for economic affairs – yes, there is a government in Belgium, though it is well beyond use-by date  – has requested the Competition Directorate General to open an investigation for abuse of dominance. According to the Minister, this issue, which seems to arise in other Member States, should be dealt with at the European level. Until recently, Apple has enjoyed a relative degree of immunity in so far as EU competition law is concerned. 

Written by Nicolas Petit

20 January 2011 at 2:13 pm