From Hotel Bookings to e-Books: Antitrust
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Agency distribution, commonly used by online selling platforms, has been increasingly scrutinized under antitrust/competition laws in recent years, as evidenced by actions involving: hotel bookings, e-books, price comparison websites for auto insurance, merchandise (e.g., Amazon Marketplace), and airline bookings. Many of these cases have focused on the use of “price parity” MFNs by agency distributors. What explains this recent scrutiny? Should the antitrust/economic analysis differ from wholesale distribution? Should a “genuine agent” exception apply?
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