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Antitrust

Donald Sterling's Bargaining Power

Dana T. Blackmore | Posted 07.19.2014 | Sports
Dana T. Blackmore

Many believe that Donald Sterling does not have a leg to stand on. I don't share this view for two reasons.

The Dalai Lama and Adam Smith

Ira Millstein | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Ira Millstein

I do believe that to restore "trust" in the financial sector, a new hard look is required. It is important to change priorities and develop moral empathy and conscience.

Righting Donald Sterling's Racial Wrongs and... Um, Antitrust?

Chris Sagers | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Chris Sagers

The harm to Sterling that is contemplated by those predicting antitrust litigation is apparently that he will be forced to sell at a depressed price, but that doesn't sound like antitrust injury to me.

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Robert Reich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.

Softbank's Pitch to Regulators Paints False Picture of U.S. Wireless

David Balto | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
David Balto

The purpose of the U.S. antitrust laws is to protect competition and not competitors. That is a simple lesson Mr. Son should consider before he tries to justify an anticompetitive deal with a smokescreen of mischaracterizations and false statements about the state of the U.S. wireless broadband market.

European Commission's Investigation of Google Can't Become a Song That Never Ends

David Balto | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business
David Balto

The verse started with Google proposing a settlement, then the European Commission market tested it, Google's competitors put pressure on the European Commission to reject it and the verse repeats. We are now on the third repeat of the chorus.

Why Antitrust Authorities Should Block Google's Takeover of Nest's 'Smart Home' Business

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

The antitrust problem with Google taking over Nest is not that it will give Nest an unfair advantage in dominating the home appliance sector; it's that it will give Google more data to reinforce its existing search advertising dominance.

Airline Deregulation: A Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence

David Morris | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
David Morris

If we take into account the remarkably degraded service, a modest reduction in price, and factor in the full costs to employees, customers and communities, any rational cost-benefit analysis must conclude that deregulation has been a failed experiment.

Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

The Myth of High Tech Competition

Nathan Newman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

The rise of the Internet has coincided with a drastic decline in new competitors emerging to challenge dominant firms.

The Incredible Shrinking Airline Industry

Bill McGee | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Bill McGee

Now that the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways appears to be moving forward, questions linger about how the deal will impact air travelers.

No Green Eggs and Ham for Google's Competitors

David Balto | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
David Balto

The fact that these new concessions will not please Google's rivals says nothing about the remedies themselves. Rather, it will speak to these competitors' motives to keep this investigation running for as long as possible. Almunia should resist calls to try this approach once again.

Taking on Google's Monopoly Means Regulating Its Control of User Data

Nathan Newman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

If "big data" is the oil of the information economy, Google has Standard Oil-like monopoly dominance -- and uses that control to maintain its dominant position.

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.

Harnessing Privateers to Block Their Attacks on US Competitiveness

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Long ago, this term referred to pirates-for-hire, naval contractors hired by one government to attack the commercial interests of another. Today, patent warriors are doing the same, but instead of pillaging ships at gunpoint, today's privateers launch patent attacks, thus putting the competition at a tactical disadvantage in the marketplace.

The 'Reverse Payment' Drugs Case: The Most Important Economic Issue You Never Heard of -- And Why There Might Still Be Some Hope for Antitrust

Chris Sagers | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Chris Sagers

Branded drug companies appear to have squeezed quite a bit more money out of their products by paying off generic drug companies to stay out of their markets. Now, you might be thinking, that sounds like a violation of antitrust law.

The Fate of Apple and Antitrust: Overcoming Confusion About the eBooks Case

Chris Sagers | Posted 08.23.2013 | Business
Chris Sagers

As the Justice Department's so-called "eBooks" antitrust trial winds down in a Manhattan federal courtroom, it is remarkable how many people have failed to see how easy the case really is.

Upcoming Auctions Key to Wireless Internet Future

Edward J. Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we'll have for mobile connections -- and what they will cost.

Bust the Trust and the Bypass

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Farmers impart stories of having to sell their land and find other work because they can't compete in an unfair marketplace. Former neighborhood market owners explain how they've been pushed out of business by large national chains.

Beer Conglomerate, Justice Department Near Agreement In Antitrust Case

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Anheuser-Busch InBev is on the verge of an agreement with the Justice Department that would allow its proposed acquisition of Grupo Mode...

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

The Koch Brothers and Structural Rules

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

One of the key jobs of democratic governance is choosing the nature of the marketplace we want to support. What rules about mergers or sitting on multiple boards would have made a difference in the development of Koch Industries?

Three Solutions to the Oligarchy Problem

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

If we want a society of smaller and medium-sized firms, we can have it -- there are no constitutional constraints. We need a strong antitrust regime and stronger antitrust laws, and the capacity to enforce those laws located in people who aren't tied into the oligopoly.

Have a Cold One, Brought to You By the Foodopoly

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Who controls your beer might seem a frivolous question on the surface, but who controls our food supply is no laughing matter. The DOJ must work to prevent the expansion of the food monopolies to protect consumers. The beer market is no exception, and the DOJ should take a stand and block this merger.

Banks, Food, and Telecom: Break Them Up

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

There was a lot of typical surface chatter yesterday -- the sequester, the Pope, BW (Bob Woodward), BW (Business Week), Groupon -- but under the surface something far more important was happening.