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Break up the meatpacker-retailer cartel

Mike Callicrate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mike Callicrate

Federal action needed to restore domestic food system The last thirty years have been tough times for independent livestock producers. For decades...

DOJ's Holder calls for Historic Era of Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

While many have waited a lifetime to hear government officials address the lack of competition in agriculture and enforce antitrust laws, one question remains: How fast will the wheels of justice turn?

The Supreme Court Puts to Rest the NFL's Single Entity Defense in American Needle

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

A broad victory for the NFL threatened to rewrite sports antitrust law and change the way professional sports leagues operate. Instead, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the league.

Chicken Farmers Describe a System of Extortion and Economic Slavery

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

At the May 21st hearing, attorney General Eric Holder was urged to enforce federal antitrust laws on behalf of contract poultry growers who raise flo...

Food, Inc.'s Carole Morison to Speak at DOJ Poultry Antitrust Workshop

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

Originally published on Civil Eats Last week, the Department of Justice announced the panel for the second public workshop on regulation and competit...

Health Care Reform: Without Trust, Americans Remain Screwed

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Are the 41 senators who publicly supported the public option bluffing? Without it, the insurance industry will continue to gouge on premiums as they see fit.

Microsoft CEO: Google Has Gained Unfair Advantage In Search

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer intends to keep the regulatory heat on Google as his company strives to lessen its rival...

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 | 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...

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.

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 | 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...