Posts Tagged ‘competition law’

Priceline, Kayak and other family matters.

Incest has a bad rep and you can see why. It often results in the spawning of children with weird defects like underdeveloped limbs or oversized heads. Take the royal family for example or the U.S. hotel giant Priceline. There is speculation in the media today that Priceline’s acquisition of the price comparison site, Kayak, […]

Final Open Letter to F.T.C. Chairman Jon Leibowitz

Dear Mr. Leibowitz, Almost exactly 2 years ago in November 2010 I brought to your attention the fact that the largest travel companies in the U.S. were working together to preclude price competition in the hotel industry. I’m not sure how much time you were able to spend reviewing my case or whether you deemed […]

Price parity, evolution and dandruff.

For anyone on here to read anything but economic theory so dry it makes dandruff look squelchy, please be on your way. You won’t thank me. For everyone else I’ll make plain my starting point. I consider myself an evolutionary economist. To put that in perspective, I have a ‘c’ grade at economics A-level. It […]

Open Letter to Steve Hafner, C.E.O. Kayak.com

Hi Steve, Now that you have formally disconnected us from your price comparison site I’d like to discuss with you some issues relating to our past cooperation. As you’re most likely aware, we’ve been working with Kayak for 5 years now. I realise Skoosh is not your largest client but at something like $1m advertising […]

Open Letter to F.T.C. Chairman Jon Leibowitz

Dear Mr. Leibowitz, Greetings from Brighton, England. I took a concern to the U.S.D.O.J. earlier this year relating to resale price maintenance and various other vertical agreements which plague the hotel industry. It won’t surprise you to hear that I was all but brushed off with a defence linked to the Leegin ruling. I had […]

Open Letter to Beth Alexander, Competition Law Officer, Canadian Competition Bureau

Hi Beth, I hope you’re well. At the risk of sounding pushy, I’d like to ask you to revisit the price fixing case we discussed earlier this year. At that stage you told me that you would eagerly await the outcome of the competition authorities’ investigations over this side in Europe. As you may have […]

Open Letter to the Office of Fair Trading

Hi Nelson, Thank you and Francisca again for taking the time to discuss the case last Friday. I very much appreciate being kept updated on the proceedings. The O.F.T. has been far more understanding, communicative and proactive than any of the other competition bureaus I have contacted. Thank you on all counts. Even if there […]