A recent Washington Post editorial criticized European regulators’ years-old Google Shopping case — previously covered here on DisCo — as “a case of punishment without crime”, and argues that regulators concerns seem “a bit dated.” Other commentary in the WaPo has defended the EU decision, such as Jonathan Taplin’s factually incorrect June 28 op-ed. The Post editorial board appears to disagree.
The Post’s column attributes EU regulators’ decision to Trans-Atlantic differences in first principles of antitrust theory. In recent decades, U.S. antitrust policy has focused on encouraging competition to protect consumer welfare. While European antitrust policy has the same objective, this particular case seems to be more about protecting competitors from one another. MORE »