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What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent technology

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not time, but often: money. “Paid prioritization” is a reality. Miners will first pick and clear those transactions which will most highly

EU ruling on when dealings with patent and other regulatory authorities can infringe competition rules

On 6 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down the final chapter in the long-running AstraZeneca case (Case C-457/10P, AstraZeneca v European Commission). Whilst the CJEU refrained from establishing a detailed test for when conduct before a patent office can constitute an abuse of a dominant position, it confirmed that misuse of regulatory procedures

GAO Issues Recommendations for Rules at Slot-Controlled Airports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the operations and rules at slot-controlled airports in the United States.  In its lengthy Report, the GAO examined in substantial detail the current utilization of slots, its impact on competition and congestion, and the effect of new beyond-perimeter flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National

Be careful with rebate schemes – the recent EU judgment in Tomra

The Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued an important judgment on rebate schemes in the EU. It rejected an appeal by Tomra against a judgment of the General Court that upheld the European Commission’s decision that it had abused a dominant position through the use of contracts that included exclusivity provisions,