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Antitrust and Trade Regulation

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2002

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The Essential Facilities Doctrine Under United States Antitrust Law, Robert Pitofsky, Donna Patterson, Jonathan Hooks Jan 2002

The Essential Facilities Doctrine Under United States Antitrust Law, Robert Pitofsky, Donna Patterson, Jonathan Hooks

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

The issue of essential facilities has attracted renewed attention in Europe in recent years because of the controversy between IMS Health Inc. and NDC Health Corporation, two competitors in pharmaceutical data services in Germany . . . After an extensive investigation, the European Commission (EC) ordered that IMS grant access to the 1860 brick structure on commercially reasonable terms, and the EC decision is now on appeal in the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. One issue that emerged in that litigation is whether a decision by European authorities to grant access to the alleged essential facility, especially one whose …