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Antitrust Analysis of Vertical Contracts in Two-Sided Platforms: The Amex Decision

BY | June 24, 2019

By Benjamin Klein –  The recent Amex decision emphasizes that antitrust analysis of vertical restraints used in two-sided platforms must consider both sides of the platform. This does not mean…

By Benjamin Klein – 

The recent Amex decision emphasizes that antitrust analysis of vertical restraints used in two-sided platforms must consider both sides of the platform. This does not mean that the anticompetitive effects of restraints should be measured by aggregating the net price over the two sides. Instead, consistent with the established U.S. antitrust law of vertical restraints, a determination must first be made that the platform possesses market power. Once the overall pla

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