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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.

One Book, One World! The Plot to Destroy Publishing Exposed

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

Watson slipped off his size 13 tasseled loafers and I saw that he was standing on large penguin feet.

Eleazar David Melendez

New Era Of Big Deals Should Concern Consumers, Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 02.15.2013 | Business

A recent spate of mega-mergers is leading some on Wall Street to declare the era of big deals is back. Large transactions involving household-name com...

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Department Sues To Stop Big Beer Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the international conglomerate that makes Budweiser and many other beers from ta...

The ICE Acquisition of NYSE Is a Failure for Europe

Georges Ugeux | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Georges Ugeux

It is now essential that Europe produces a deep, robust, transparent and effective pan-European cash equity market.

Google/FTC Settlement: Traditional Antitrust for New Technologies

Marvin Ammori | Posted 03.10.2013 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

I'm all in favor of the FTC investigating companies when it believes there is proper cause to do so. An investigation, however, can lead to political pressure to bring a case, even if such a case is unwarranted.

Lazy Corporate Monopolies Are Why America Can't Have Nice Things

Matt Stoller | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Matt Stoller

What seems to have happened is that American corporate executives are now more focused on financial engineering, which is essentially the extraction of capital from their enterprises and from the public, than they are at selling improved goods and services.