The US Supreme Court dismisses an appeal brought by the US Government and a number of US States regarding a two-sided platform (American Express)

US REGULATORS’ SWIPE AT AMEX DECLINED BY SUPREME COURT* On 25 June 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed an appeal brought by the US Government and a number of US States against credit-card provider American Express (Amex) for alleged anti-competitive conduct in violation of section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (Act). The Ohio v American Express Co case deals heavily with the concept of ‘two-sided platforms’ – defined by Thomas J as platforms offering different products or services to two different groups, both groups depending on the platform to intermediate between them. One of the key issues explored by the Court was whether, when examining two-sided platforms for anticompetitive effects, it is necessary to consider the effect of the conduct on both sides of the

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Mark Giuseppini, The US Supreme Court dismisses an appeal brought by the US Government and a number of US States regarding a two-sided platform (American Express), 25 June 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2018, Art. N° 88608

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