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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.

Will The FTC's Google Decision Ignite A Patent War?

Reuters | Andrew Longstreth | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

(Corrects identification of attorney Matthew Woods in final two paragraphs) By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Reute...

Google's Antitrust Wrist Slap Is Right Result for Wrong Reason -- Right Reason: Google Search Results Are Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.07.2013 | Technology
Peter Scheer

First Amendment considerations should have stopped the FTC's investigation at the outset. That freedom-of-speech is never mentioned in the agency's statement is, well, bizarre.

The FTC Google Settlement on Essential Patents Rewards Good Faith Bargaining, Deters Both Hold-Up and Hold-Out

David Balto | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
David Balto

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Trade Commission announced it has closed its investigation into Google's search practices, concluding that the evidence "does not support" an antitrust case. The FTC cannot stop here.

FTC "Brought Forth a Couple of Mice" in Slapping Google on the Wrist

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

As predicted, the Federal Trade Commission has punted any serious action against Google's monopoly dominance. Worse, it turns out the investigation was so narrow and so perfunctory that it's hard to understand what took 19 months to get such a meager result.

In Irony Of All Ironies, Microsoft Begs For Crackdown On Monopolistic Google

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 03.04.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft began the new year harping on a favorite theme: The software maker is arguing that government regulators need to crac...

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 4: Privacy Abuses and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Allowing the mining of these activities should never be the default. Mining a user's outgoing communications of any form should require the user's explicit permission.

FTC Punt on Google May Open Way for More Comprehensive Antitrust Probe by DOJ and States

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Technology
Nathan Newman

If the FTC and European regulators are not yet ready to deal with the ultimate source of Google's economic power, its control of user data, then it may be just as well that any likely settlements in coming months will be limited.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 3: Deception and Abuse of Market Power

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Google is paid by click, so placing the sites most likely to attract clicks on top ensures that Google earns as much as it can. There is nothing wrong with revenue maximization, of course! It is simply important to call a thing what it is, and not another nothing.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 2: Forms of Abuse and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

They do appear to place little or no value on respecting privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Internet users. Maybe one or two punitive assessments, measured in hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, might have a sobering impact on key individuals at the firm.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 1: When Fear Turned to Loathing

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Laws must regulate Google's behavior, in the U.S. and abroad, and must be clear and unambiguous. And punishments must be sufficiently severe that clearly violating unambiguous laws is demonstrably very bad for Google, for its shareholders, and for its external directors.

Planes, Trains and Cars: Cartels Take Over the Travel Industry

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.22.2012 | Business
Blake Fleetwood

If airlines and car rental companies want to increase market share, the big guys should have to earn it by winning the business and loyalty of their customers; not by gobbling up competitors or driving them out of business

Google, Its Competitors, and Competition Law

Marvin Ammori | Posted 12.31.2012 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

There is an inherent difficulty in determining when a company's competitive actions might merely harm less effective competitors (that's a good thing) and when it might harm consumers and the market in general.

Antitrust Agencies Right to Expand Scrutiny of Patent Transfers and Acquisitions

David Balto | Posted 12.23.2012 | Business
David Balto

One of the most complex and daunting challenges facing competition regulators is the evolving intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law.

Euro Privacy Agencies Slam Google's Privacy Violations, Call for Empowering User Control of Data

Nathan Newman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Technology
Nathan Newman

Since Google gains its heft and irreplaceability with advertisers through its control of user data, anything that increases user power to withhold that data inevitably will also reduce that monopoly power, as well.

Gary Johnson, Antitrust Plaintiff, Sues Major Parties for Monopolizing Politics

Chris Sagers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Sagers

Lawsuits are common in politics, but there was one filed last Friday that is not common at all: someone has brought an antitrust suit, alleging that the major political parties have monopolized politics, and it is not exactly some crackpot who did it.