Dr. Jonathan Tennant, UK; and Prof. Dr. Björn Brembs, Germany, filed a complaint with the EU Competition Authority. Here’s a snip:
We write to notify you of what we believe to be the anti-competitive practices of RELX Group in the scholarly publishing and analytics industry, based on the following two articles of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU):
- Article 101 of the Treaty, which prohibits agreements between two or more independent market operators which restrict competition; and
- Article 102 of the Treaty prohibits firms that hold a dominant position on a given market to abuse that position.
This complaint regarding RELX Group, and specifically its daughter company, Elsevier, is based on the following grounds:
- General problems within the scholarly publishing market sector that actively prohibit competition in the common market between EU member states (Article 101); and
- Abuse of a dominant position within this market (Article 102).
H/T Gary Price’s InfoDocket post.