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Avoiding Everyday Antitrust Law Violations

Brad Reid | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Frequently employees and executives may view antitrust law as only applicable to big businesses and mergers. However, even the smallest business and its employees may inadvertently violate antitrust law.

Why Republicans Can't Convince People They Care About Inequality

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

American income inequality is a disaster for Republicans. Not for their donors, who are the principal beneficiaries of the new Gilded Age -- but for ...

EU Opens Antitrust Case Against 6 Major US Movie Studios

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business

BRUSSELS — The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios, including Disney and Warner Bros, a...

How Mobile Supports Google's Online Dominance and Why EU Should Take Action

Nathan Newman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

When the European Commission announced antitrust proceedings against Google in mid-April, the most interesting part was not the complaint about the company's sidelining of competitors in search results -- an issue that the Commission had been discussing for years.

Germany vs. the US on Digital Antitrust

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

Given an explicit threat to destroy "local and proud" industries in Germany, it's hardly surprising that antitrust authorities are taking action. It might be time for communities and industries outside Silicon Valley to rise up and demand U.S. policymakers take action as well to protect local jobs and fight economic concentration.

What Ever Happened to Antitrust?

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Conservatives rhapsodize about the "free market" and condemn government intrusion. Yet the market is rigged. And unless government unrigs it through bold antitrust action to restore competition, the upward distributions hidden inside the "free market" will become even larger.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, look...

Living in a Trustless World

Shelly Palmer | Posted 06.25.2015 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal may have been killed because regulators didn't believe that the resultant mega-ISP could be trusted as a central authority, but we are just a few years away from the emergence of a trustless society where digital citizens, like you and me, would have taken away that danger.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Calls On Eric Holder To Block Comcast's Merger With Time Warner

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) was among the Democrats who sent a letter to top federal regulators on Wednesday urging them to block Comc...

This Could Cripple The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business

Customers and labor unions aren’t the only ones feeling uneasy about the looming prospect of a giant cable conglomerate.

Creepy, Remarkable Reveal: Facebook Watches You Even If You Are Not A Member

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Facebook claims they found one that they're fixing for you. This particular bug enabled Facebook to track the online movements of non-users. Yes, you, Facebook friend or foe, user or boycotter, you were under the watchful eye of Facebook, whether you knew it or not.

EU Antitrust Action Today Is Just the Beginning of Google's Troubles in Europe

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

The announcement today that the European Competition Commissioner has launched an official antitrust action against Google promises to be just the first step in a likely escalation of actions against Google and other big-data platforms increasingly dominating the online -- and, increasingly, the offline -- economic landscape.

Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use all your leverage to dominate markets, manipulate industries, avoid fines, and hire lawyers to keep you out of jail. And most of the time you do win.

A Seminal SCOTUS Decision Holding Thousands of State Agencies to Be Walking Antitrust Felonies -- And an Incompetent Media Blithely Ignoring It

Robert C. Fellmeth | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Robert C. Fellmeth

The Court has finally struck a blow for democracy. And it will be actualized because of one phrase: treble damages liability. Thank you, Justice Kennedy. Now we all have to clothe many naked and quite ugly kings. And we shall have to do it without the help of our media, who seem to believe they all remain in royal regalia.

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When a company with an overwhelming dominance of search and search adverting is locking rivals out of so much of the marketplace, it seems that the FTC commissioners should at least discuss why this isn't a problem.

The Google Staff Report: March Madness Not Worth Watching

David Balto | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
David Balto

The accidental release of the FTC's unredacted staff report on the Google investigation has caused quite a stir. However, what initially seems like The Sound and the Fury is actually just a tempest in a teapot.

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

In many cases, companies that previously built their businesses on promises not to collect or share personal data then were absorbed by companies without such commitments, betraying the trust users had placed in the original companies.

Big Data Is an Economic Justice Issue, Not Just a Privacy Problem

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

The steady loss of data by individuals into the hands of increasingly centralized corporate hands is helping drive a large portion of the economic inequality that has become central to the political debate in our nation.

The Top Five Empty Promises by Comcast

Chris Meyer | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Chris Meyer

It's been one year since Comcast unveiled its bid to merge with its fellow cable-and-Internet behemoth Time Warner Cable. The deal is currently under review by the federal government.

Is Bigger Medicine Better Medicine?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Taken together all these changes will probably be good for our health. But change is seldom welcome and transitions are often uncomfortable. There's are some big ones happening in medicine these days.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

Google's EU Antitrust Woes Extended

AP | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust body is again rejecting Google's offer to settle a case claiming it abuses its dominant position in I...

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Black

It's time for the FTC to begin using its authority to subpoena troll companies and gather more data on exactly how this parasitic industry is draining the economy.

Ninth Circuit Hits Pause Button on Critical Idaho Hospital Merger

David Balto | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
David Balto

The main course for federal antitrust enforcement appears to be the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to challenge hospital mergers. These efforts hit a snag late last month.

Anything Can Happen in a World Where Innovation, Not Government Intervention, Rules

David Balto | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology
David Balto

Truly, the talk of threats to competition in the mobile device market could not be more wrong.