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Antitrust

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...

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.

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.