WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Department of Justice
announced Dec. 13 that it will not challenge a proposal by corporate affiliates
Amadeus Group LLC and Mystic Logistics LLC for Amadeus to
offer a pricing aggregation service to subscribers that are involved in the
commercial mailing business.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Renata B. Hesse for the Antitrust
Division submitted the department’s position in a business
review letter to counsel for Amadeus.
Amadeus’ service would allow a
subscriber to upload details about a specific commercial mailing contract.
Amadeus’ pricing algorithm would calculate various postage,
packaging and transportation options, allowing subscribers to choose a
logistics and pricing package that best benefited them.
The department noted that systems like these can lead to
anti-competitive coordination among competitors, but Amadeus and Mystic have specifically
designed the proposed service to prevent such an issue. The proposed service
will include a multitude of safeguards designed to make sure the information a
subscriber provides will not be given to other subscribers or third parties.
Based on information and presentations given by Amadeus and
Mystic, the department has no intention to challenge the proposed system.