Seminar on Google’s Antitrust Issues in the US and the EU

With speakers Christian Bergqvist, Jonathan Rubin and Jacob Pinborg at CBS LAW

Onsdag, 14 juni, 2023 - 15:00 to 16:30

In the past years, Google has been involved in a series of high-profile antitrust cases. Recent developments on both sides of the Atlantic complicate the matters further.

Join us as an expert panel will discuss and teach us about: 

  • Google’s troubles with antitrust in the European Union
  • The US Department of Justice’s latest case against Google
  • Google and Scandinavia

Speakers and Topics:

Christian Bergqvist is associate professor in competition law at the University of Copenhagen. Christian has been writing extensively on abusive behavior in the digital realm and will explain how the European Google cases are internally linked. First and foremost, through the theory of harm utilized in the Google Shopping and Google Android cases and Google’s ambition of serving as the internet gatekeeper. Unlocking this as anti-competitive, considering that most of the services are free, requires the introduction of two visionary IT pioneers, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Where the former, in May 1995, predicted how the internet would be a commercial game-changer, the latter made this happen with the introduction of the iPhone in January 2007. This has transcended into a sequence of “Browser Wars” Google managed to win. We are currently in the middle of Browser War IV, and it remains unclear if Google will manage to win this as well or will be dethroned.

Jonathan Rubin is an experienced trial attorney and economist who for the past 25 years has focused exclusively on antitrust litigation and competition law and policy. Jonathan is co-founder and partner in the U.S.-based antitrust law firm, MoginRubin LLP, and was formerly antitrust partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C and a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute. Currently, he is co-counsel for the advertiser plaintiff class in the sprawling multidistrict antitrust litigation against Google pending in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York, In Re: Google Digital Advertising Antitrust Litigation. Jonathan will unpack the multiple legal and economic theories at play in this multi-party litigation and discuss the relationship of those cases with the monopolization case recently filed by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Eastern District of Virginia and several other antitrust cases pending in the U.S. federal courts against Google.

Jacob Pinborg is a partner with Poul Schmith in Copenhagen where he leads the firm’s competition practice including matters related to the DMA and other sector specific competition rules. Jacob is recognized as one of the leading competition lawyers in Denmark with a career spanning more than 25 years. Jacob has successfully argued most Danish landmark competition law cases before the Supreme Court, the High Courts, the Maritime and Commercial Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, respectively. Furthermore, Jacob has written extensively on competition law and is a frequent speaker at different competition law venues. Jacob will discuss the private competition claim against Google currently pending in Sweden and describe what a possible claim against Google might look like in in the Danish courts.

Sidst opdateret: CBS LAW // 17/05/2023