The US DOJ clears an acquisition subject to conditions in the IT industry (Google / ITA)

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that, to allow Google's proposed acquisition of ITA Software, DOJ and the parties have agreed to a set of requirements that will govern Google's future operation of the ITA business. This action is notable as another challenge to a vertical merger and another example of DOJ imposing "regulatory" conditions on merging parties' future conduct. Both once rare, these elements have become cornerstones of the current administration's merger policy. Background As most people know, Google is the largest internet search provider. ITA is less well known, but has developed the leading independent airfare pricing and shopping system, "QPX." QPX collects and organizes airline flight schedules, pricing, and seat availability for travel services

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J. Bruce McDonald, Craig A. Waldman, The US DOJ clears an acquisition subject to conditions in the IT industry (Google / ITA), 8 April 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2011, Art. N° 50054

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