Our Curious Amalgam

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Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions. read less
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#273 What’s Happening in France, Portugal, and Poland? Catching Up With International Enforcers at the 2024 Spring Meeting
May 13 2024
#273 What’s Happening in France, Portugal, and Poland? Catching Up With International Enforcers at the 2024 Spring Meeting
The 2024 edition of the ABA Antitrust Law Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., offered the Our Curious Amalgam team a chance to speak with competition law regulators from around the world. While on site at the meeting, we sat down with several of them to discuss their enforcement priorities and other issues, while also getting to know them a little better as people. This episode features interviews conducted by three of our OCA hosts. First, Anora Wang discovers what's happening in France with Benoît Cœuré, the president of the French Competition Authority. Next, Jeny Maier speaks with Nuno Cunha Rodrigues, the president of the Portugese Competition Authority, about his agency's competition enforcement priorities, as well as sightseeing recommendations for Jeny's upcoming visit to Portugal. And finally, Barry Nigro hears about what's going on in Poland with Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean Director of the International Cooperation Office of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. With special guests: Benoît Cœuré, President, Autorité de la concurrence (France), Nuno Cunha Rodrigues, President, Autoridade da Concorrência (Portugal), and Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean, Director, International Cooperation Office, Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Poland) Related Links: Autorité de la concurrence (France) Autoridade da Concorrência (Portugal) Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Poland) Hosted by: Anora Wang, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Jeny Maier, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, and Barry Nigro, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
#266 Is It Time To Burst the Bubble? Antitrust Law in the Age of the Polycrisis
Mar 25 2024
#266 Is It Time To Burst the Bubble? Antitrust Law in the Age of the Polycrisis
The antitrust law bubble, particularly in the U.S., has in recent years focussed on the mantra of promoting efficiency above all else. In the age of the global polycrisis and increasing corporate concentration and power in numerous sectors, should this bubble be popped? Dr Cristina Caffarra, leading competition economist, joins Barry Nigro and Matthew Hall to discuss the wider issues antitrust and competition law enforcement should be considering, which was the focus of a January 2024 Brussels conference described as the "Anti-Davos" and "Woodstock of Antitrust". Listen to this episode to learn more about the "Antitrust, Regulation, and the Next World Order" conference led by Dr Caffarra, why antitrust law should be taking a wider approach than efficiency and narrow consumer welfare and the links with trade and industrial policy. With special guest: Cristina Caffarra, University College London, CEPR Competition RPN Related Links: Cristina Caffarra article in CPI Columns Europe February 2024 (source: CPI) Cristina Caffarra article part 1 in VoxEU (CEPR) January 2024 (source: VoxEU) Cristina Caffarra article part 2 in VoxEU (CEPR) January 2024 (source: VoxEU) Cristina Caffarra article in VoxEU (CEPR) March 2024 (source: VoxEU) Angus Deaton article "Rethinking My Economics" March 2024 (source: IMF) Politico article on Antitrust, Regulation, and the Next World Order conference February 2024 (source: Politico) The Capitol Forum article on Antitrust, Regulation, and the Next World Order conference February 2024 (source: The Capitol Forum) Cristina Caffarra speaking notes Antitrust, Regulation, and the Next World Order conference January 2024 (source: ofthewedge.com) Hosted by: Barry Nigro, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Matthew Hall, McGuireWoods London LLP
#265 Can I Avoid Targeted Ads? The EU Rules on Pay or OK
Mar 18 2024
#265 Can I Avoid Targeted Ads? The EU Rules on Pay or OK
Many companies already use or are introducing "pay or OK" models for targeted ads on the Internet. What legal issues does this raise in the EU? Frithjof Michaelsen, Digital Policy Officer at UFC-Que Choisir, the French Federation of Consumer Associations, joins Matthew Reynolds and Matthew Hall to discuss Meta's introduction of pay or OK, otherwise known as pay or consent, on its Facebook and Instagram platforms in the EU, the relevant law and the implications of this for the wider adtech ecosystem. Listen to this episode to learn more about the application of EU consumer and data protection rules and the EU Digital Markets Act to this model. With special guest: Frithjof Michaelsen, Digital Policy Officer, UFC-Que Choisir (France) Related Links: "Choose to lose with Meta" document; BEUC’s assessment of Meta’s subscription model (pay or OK) from a consumer law perspective (source: European Data Protection Board) BEUC "Choose to Lose With Meta" webpage (source: European Data Protection Board) BEUC Press Release "Consumer groups file complaint against Meta’s unfair pay-or-consent model" (source: European Data Protection Board) Timeline of Meta and GDPR (source: European Data Protection Board) NOYB GDPR Withdrawal Complaint (source: noyb.eu) NOYB GDPR Pay or OK Complaint (source: noyb.eu) NOYB Press Release "Instagram & Facebook: 28 civil rights organisations urge European DPAs to reject “Pay or Okay” in pending case over € 250 “privacy fee”" (source: noyb.eu) EU Digital Markets Act (source: European Commission) BEUC and EU consumer group complaints against Meta under EU GDPR February 2024 Hosted by: Matthew Reynolds, Huth Reynolds LLP and Matthew Hall, McGuireWoods London LLP