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Eliminate the Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurance Companies

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Eliminating the antitrust exemption would enable the government to ensure that health insurance companies are doing right by their customers.

Labor Dispute Threatens the NFL (And What We Should Do About It)

Neil K. Shenai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Neil K. Shenai

It's hard to think that the NFL might have peaked in its popularity. But in the wake of record-shattering ratings, the NFL will have to grapple with a potentially game-arresting labor dispute.

Simon Johnson: Obama Should Launch An Antitrust Investigation Into Major Banks

baselinescenario.com | Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Instead of pursuing the issue of those "too big to fail" financial institutions exclusively through legislation, the administration could launch inste...

FTC Intel Antitrust Lawsuit: FTC Alleges Intel Tried To 'Snuff Out' Competition

AP | JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission piled on new antitrust charges against Intel Corp. on Wednesday, seeking to end what it described a...

New Google Book Settlement Aims Only to Placate Governments

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

What stands out after an initial review of the Google Book Search agreement is that changes were made to placate the governments of France, Germany, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.

Comcast Launches "TV Everywhere": Say Goodbye to Free Online Television

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Cleverly marketed as a consumer-friendly product, TV Everywhere is really a desperate bid by old media giants to crush the emerging market for online TV.

Google Books Settlement: Key Players Comment

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been three years since the lawsuit was filed that launched the Google Books Settlement, a long series of back-and-forth negotiations about the co...

Dems Go After Antitrust Exemption For Insurers

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats launched a drive at both ends of the Capitol on Wednesday to strip the insurance industry of its decades-old exemption fr...

NFL Antitrust Case Heads To Supreme Court

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

WASHINGTON — A hat can be a small thing. Then there's the Supreme Court battle over who gets to make official NFL headgear. It could end up hav...

Intel Faces Antitrust Lawsuit From FTC

AP | JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission piled on new antitrust charges against Intel Corp. on Wednesday, seeking to end what it described a...

Too Big to Block? Why Obama Must Stop the Comcast-NBC Merger

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

If President Obama really wants to change the system that green-lighted the bailout of "too big to fail" banks, he will have to overhaul federal antitrust laws so that they actually protect the greater good.

American Needle and the NFL's Single Entity Argument

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Gabriel A. Feldman

Recently, the NFL granted an exclusive license to Reebok to manufacture all NFL-licensed apparel. In response, American Needle is suing the NFL, claiming the exclusive license eliminates market competition for NFL apparel.

Mega-Media Era Begins: GE/Vivendi Deal Clears Way for Comcast/NBC Merger

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Obama has promised to finally begin enforcing antitrust laws to prevent unreasonable consolidation of market power. If ever a media deal posed such a threat, this is it.

Google Books Is Not a Library

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

Unlike the Alexandria library or modern public libraries, the Google Book Search (GBS) initiative is a commercial venture that aims to monetize millions of out-of-print books.

Cable Industry Claims Collusion is Pro-Consumer: Response of NCTA on TV Everywhere

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marvin Ammori

A new scheme -- would require Internet users to pay for cable TV if they want to watch popular shows online -- appears to be the product of collusion between major programmers and the big cable, satellite, and phone companies.

Ryan Grim

Insurance Industry Antitrust Fight Headed To Conference Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insurance industry successfully fought off a Senate threat to revoke its antitrust exemption as part of health care reform, but the issue lives to...

A Simpleton Tries to Understand the Health Care Debate

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Now, the first thing I want you to know is that I'm no health care policy expert. Far from it. But, like the rest of us, I have a body and a mind tha...

Shadow Elite: Are They Responsible For The Subprime Mortgage Crisis?

Jack Blum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jack Blum

The approach of looking to the roles, activities, sponsors, and networks of players--be they organized crime figures, politicians, experts, influencers, or some combination thereof--is today, more than ever, imperative.

Comcast and NBC Universal: Antitrust Apocalypse?

Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sam Gustin

Federal regulators are virtually certain to scrutinize any substantial pairing of cable leader Comcast (CMSCA) and content behemoth NBC Universal, the...

Google Book Settlement 1.0 Is History

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

The parties are now going back to the drawing board to negotiate an amended settlement agreement. However, the GBS deal can't be fixed by tweaking a few details.

DOJ Says No to Google Book Settlement

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

Although DOJ recognizes that the public would benefit from greater access to books if the Google settlement is approved, it has concluded that the agreement in its current form does not satisfy legal requirements.

Busting the Health Care Trusts, One Way or Another

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Politically, economically and socially, it is not worth passing a bill that does not reduce health care costs, except to temporarily mitigate the ER as primary care status quo for 50 million people.

Jim Cramer Thinks Food, Inc. Could Inflame The Justice Dept To Take On Monsanto (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Last week, Jim Cramer did a fascinating segment on the seed giant and Roundup herbicide producer, Monsanto. He posits that Monsanto could be a prime t...

Why is the Antitrust Division Investigating the Google Book Search Settlement?

Pamela Samuelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pamela Samuelson

Antitrust analysis generally starts with a definition of the affected market. The market for digital books is currently rather small, but it is growing.

Antitrust Chief Facing Resistance From Obama Admin Officials Over Industry Crackdowns

New York Times | STEPHEN LABATON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's top antitrust official and some senior Democratic lawmakers are preparing to rein in a host of major industries, including airline a...