Online platforms play a crucial role in today’s economy by serving as intermediaries between consumers and suppliers. The economics governing their business model pushes them to first pursue growth over profits and later integrate vertically - a dynamic that has resulted in expansive digital ecosystems. The platforms orchestrating these ecosystems can have an incentive and ability to exclude suppliers (‘intra-platform exclusion’). Article 102 TFEU targets such conduct, in particular through the figure of ‘leveraging’, but the economic and technological complexity of platforms has befuddled traditional legal analysis.
This book presents an in-depth study of the abuse of dominance in the platform economy. It starts by studying platform business strategy and then systematically analyzes how different forms of leveraging abuse (tying, refusal to supply, margin squeeze, discrimination) should be reinterpreted in the platform economy. The book also recognizes the procompetitive role of platforms and suggests safeguarding it by duly considering justifications. Finally, the book surveys ex ante measures targeted at platforms such as non-discrimination rules, portability and interoperability measures, forced access, and break-up.
Introduction by Catherine Prieto.
Foreword by Wouter Devroe.
Friso Bostoen is an Assistant Professor of Competition Law & Digital Regulation at Tilburg University.
ISBN13 978-1-954750-11-1 EAN 9781954750111 Titre Abuse of Platform Power Sous-titre Liveraging Conduct in Digital Markets Under EU Competition Law and Beyond Date de parution 05/07/2023 Nombre de pages 338 Type d'ouvrage Colloques, études et rapports Support Livre Langue Anglais Auteur(s) Friso Bostoen Editeur / Collection / Sous-collection Concurrences Thème Droit > Droit européen > Autres ouvrages Thème secondaire Droit > Droit commercial et des affaires > Droit du commerce international Format Papier