ZWeR 2009, 131

RWS Verlag Kommunikationsforum GmbH, Köln RWS Verlag Kommunikationsforum GmbH, Köln 1611-1982 Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht ZWeR 2009 RezensionsabhandlungMichael Adam* / Frank Maier-Rigaud**

The Law and Economics of Article 82 EC and the Commission Guidance Paper on Exclusionary Conduct1

This article discusses the approach to Article 82 in O'Donoghue and Padilla's book “The Law and Economics of Article 82 EC'' (Hart Publishing, Oxford 2006), compares it with the new European Commission Guidance Paper on the Commission's enforcement priorities in applying Article 82 EC to abusive exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings2 and addresses some aspects of competition law remedies.

Contents

  • I. Introduction
  • II. Concept of the book
  • III. Structure of the book
  • IV. Structure of the Commission Guidance Paper
  • V. Protecting competitors or protecting competition?
  • VI. Dominance and market power
  • VII. The role of market shares in the assessment of dominance
  • VIII. The general concept of abuse
    •  1. Recent advances in defining exclusionary conduct
    •  2. The approach to exclusionary conduct in the Commission Guidance Paper
    •  3. Likely consumer harm
    •  4. Harm to competitors as a key factor in the assessment of likely consumer harm
  • IX. Conditional Rebates
  • X. Remedies
    •  1. Effectiveness, proportionality and the role of structural remedies
    •  2. Commitment decisions and interim measures
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European Commission, Legal Service, Brussels, Belgium
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**)
European Commission, Directorate General Competition, Brussels, Belgium; Department of Economics, University of Bonn, Germany; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany
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The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the European Commission. The authors would like to thank Rainer Becker, Wenzel Bulst, Eddy de Smijter, Vittorio Di Bucci, Céline Gauer, Eric Gippini-Fournier, Leticia Hernando, Oliver Koch, Remi Maier-Rigaud and Luc Peeperkorn for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
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Communication from the Commission: Guidance on the Commission's enforcement priorities in applying Article 82 of the EC Treaty to abusive exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings, available under: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/art82/guidance.pdf.

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