The US DoJ allows acquisition of the leading airfare pricing provider by the largest Internet search provider with settlement reflecting antitrust enforcement trends (Google / ITA)

On October 5, 2011, following a public comment period, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its final judgment approving the requirements Google and ITA Software have agreed to in order to address the U.S. Department of Justice’s alleged anticompetitive concerns stemming from their proposed merger. Essentially, DOJ and the parties have agreed to a set of requirements that will govern Google's future operation of the ITA business for the next five years. 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

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J. Bruce McDonald, Craig A. Waldman, The US DoJ allows acquisition of the leading airfare pricing provider by the largest Internet search provider with settlement reflecting antitrust enforcement trends (Google / ITA), 8 April 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2011, Art. N° 42410

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