Erring on the Side of Antitrust Enforcement When in Doubt in Data-Driven Mergers

Douglas H. Ginsburg, An Antitrust Professor on the Bench - Liber Amicorum - Vol. I, pp.497-530, Institute of Competition Law, (N. Charbit et al., eds., 2018) ISBN: 978-1-939007-62-9

Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper

60 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018 Last revised: 19 Jun 2018

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Marina Lao

Seton Hall University School of Law

Date Written: September 6, 2017

Abstract

This essay was written as part of a tribute honoring Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit.

This essay makes a case for tilting in favor of antitrust enforcement when in doubt in cases involving "big data"-driven mergers, but continuing to adopt a cautious approach toward claims of unlawful exclusions against dominant digital platforms that are seemingly based on their collection (and use) of large amounts of user data through organic growth.

Keywords: antitrust, Judge Douglas Ginsburg, digital platforms, big data

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Lao, Marina L., Erring on the Side of Antitrust Enforcement When in Doubt in Data-Driven Mergers (September 6, 2017). Douglas H. Ginsburg, An Antitrust Professor on the Bench - Liber Amicorum - Vol. I, pp.497-530, Institute of Competition Law, (N. Charbit et al., eds., 2018) ISBN: 978-1-939007-62-9; Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3147223

Marina L. Lao (Contact Author)

Seton Hall University School of Law ( email )

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Newark, NJ 07102-5210
United States

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