The US DoJ requires conduct remedies before allowing a vertical merger between a popular generic online search engine and a widely-used flight information services provider (Google / ITA)

On July 1, 2010, Google Inc. (“Google”) and ITA Software, Inc. (“ITA”) announced an agreement for Google to acquire ITA for $700 million [1]. On April 8, 2011, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it would allow the proposed acquisition subject to certain conditions. DOJ filed a complaint with the District Court for the District of Columbia (“Complaint”) and at the same time filed a proposed settlement (“Final Judgment”) [2]. The deal combines the most popular general Internet search engine with a leading provider of technological solutions for organizing and facilitating access to flight information, or as DOJ refers to it “independent airfare pricing and shopping systems (“P&S Systems”). This merger is a non-horizontal merger that does not involve firms offering competing

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Stuart D. Gurrea, Gloria J. Hurdle, The US DoJ requires conduct remedies before allowing a vertical merger between a popular generic online search engine and a widely-used flight information services provider (Google / ITA), 5 October 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin US Mergers in IT, Art. N° 53197

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