EU Antitrust Nonsense

Competition Policy and Antitrust

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Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieff and Troy Paredes


Washington Times, October 5, 2007


This op-ed considers the decision of a European Union court against Microsoft.

Policy Relevance

Competition cases can be a pretext for authorities’ decisions to target firms based in another country.

Main Points

  •  The European Court chose to uphold the ruling of European regulators against Microsoft, based on competition law.

  • The reasoning behind the regulators’ actions was very weak, and the remedy they proposed will not help consumers.

  • This suggests that regulators had a motive other than concern with competition, such as a desire to squelch a firm based in the United States.

  • Other U.S. firms, such as Qualcomm, should also be concerned.

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