AuthorPaul Crampton
This book comes to us in very cha llenging times. Even before the onset
of the COVID-19 pandemic, income inequality was rising markedly,
international support for open market s and globalization was beginni ng
to wane, and protectionist sentiments were grow ing. As these trends
have persisted, the shi ft to the online world for shopping, entertainment,
and social interaction ha s accelerated. This has accentuated concern s
about “big data,” such as its rapid accumulation by a small number of
global behemoths and the ways in wh ich it is being used. To a signif‌i-
cant degree, that accumulation has been facilitated by t he acquisition
of innovative start-up companies, as the behemoth s expand their reach
into new domains.
In the face of these and other developments, questions are increas-
ingly being posed about existing competition/antitrust l aws and
enforcement tools. Are they up to the challenge? Do they need to be
modif‌ied? Some, including proponents of “hipster antitrust,” answer
the latter question in the negative.
Against this b ackdrop, this book oers a very practical and helpful
mainstream perspective, enriched by the author’s experience of over
three decades of hand s-on work in the legal trenches of competition law,
following the completion of an LLM thesis at McGill University on the
adjudication of competition law issues in 1983.
When the merger and abuse of dominance provisions of t he Compe-
tition Act were decrimin alized in 1986, the year John joined the Depart-
ment of Justice, he was at “ground zero” as new enforcement approaches

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