Investigation by Attorney General of the State of New York, of the Proposed Combination of Seamless North America, LLC and GruHub Inc.
Seamless and GrubHub are two services that allow consumers to search for local restaurants, browse menus, and order food for delivery or takeout via their respective websites or mobile applications. The two proposed to merge. The Attorney General was concerned that exclusivity provisions in their contracts would impede entry of other competitors in the online food ordering platform market in Manhattan. In an Assurance of Discontinuance, the companies agreed to waive their exclusivity provisions, not enter into any new exclusivity arrangements with restaurants for 18 months, nor provide any incentives for exclusivity. The companies also agreed not to enter into any exclusive arrangement with the online review site Yelp for a period fo 18 months.