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Antitrust Settlements: How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy by MASSAROTTO

Antitrust Settlements: How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy

By Giovanna Massarotto
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Overview

Antitrust Settlements is a springboard to investigate how a simple antitrust enforcement tool, having turned competition law into an economic regulation policy, can drive the economy leading both the antitrust and regulatory intervention in markets. Competition enforcement authorities use settlements as a tool to ensure compliance with antitrust law. Companies can make commitments to remedy breaches, ensuring that they avoid litigation and potential fines and reputational damage. Antitrust law does not necessarily need to be abolished but rather should be fully exploited as an economic regulation led by antitrust settlements.

What’s in this book:
The author of this highly original and innovative book shows that, rather than fines or arguing principles of competition law in litigation, antitrust settlements (namely United States (U.S.) consent decrees and European Union (EU) commitment decisions) hold the key to globally effective enforcement, particularly in the digital and blockchain era. In supporting her thesis, the author examines such elements of competition enforcement as the following:

  • drawbacks of allowing the courts to regulate markets;
  • whether antitrust settlements sacrifice antitrust deterrence;
  • how settlements rapidly and surgically regulate markets;
  • comparative analysis between U.S. consent decrees and EU commitment decisions;
  • economic analysis on the adoption of antitrust settlements in both the U.S. and EU markets from 2013 to 2018;
  • fundamental role of antitrust settlements in regulating the current digital markets; and
  • comprehensive description of how to use antitrust settlements to regulate the data industry.

With its thorough guidance on U.S. consent decrees and EU commitment decisions from their functioning to their characteristics and procedure—and its extensive treatment of the main antitrust remedies available and used in enforcing of antitrust law in both the U.S. and EU—this book assesses the influence of decisions on companies’ behavior and agencies’ practice using economic analysis to show the procompetitive or anticompetitive effects of remedies, with special attention to digital markets.

How this will help you:
Because markets have become so dynamic and unpredictable that is difficult to preserve efficiency, the author says, there is little room for law, and economic regulation is a better fit. Covering a complex topic and based on unique research, this book is one of the most promising proposals that rewrites competition law to enable competition authorities to pursue their goals in tackling today’s market challenges.

Last Updated 10/23/2019
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403511337
SKU 10071931-0001
Table of Contents

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I
A Comparative Analysis Between U.S. Consent Decrees and EU Commitment Decisions Within the U.S. and EU Antitrust Law Enforcement Framework

CHAPTER 1
A Century of U.S. Antitrust Law and Economic Regulation Marked by Consent Decrees

CHAPTER 2
How Commitment Decisions Converge and Diverge with the U.S. Consent Decrees

CHAPTER 3
Antitrust Settlements Within the U.S. and EU Antitrust Law Enforcement Framework

PART II
Do Antitrust Settlements Make Economic Sense? An Economic Analysis of Consent Decrees and Commitment Decisions

CHAPTER 4
An Economic Analysis of the Consent Decrees Practice

CHAPTER 5
An Economic Analysis of Commitment Decisions

CHAPTER 6
Consent Decrees Versus Commitment Decisions: Antitrust Settlements Versus Antitrust Convictions—Ebook Case

PART III
Antitrust Settlements in the Digital and Blockchain Era

CHAPTER 7
U.S. Consent Decrees in Driving the Data Industry

CHAPTER 8
What Future for the EU Commitment Decisions

CHAPTER 9
Antitrust Settlements in AI and Blockchain Era

PART IV
Conclusions

Index

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