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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.

Zach Carter

FTC Gives Major Music Merger The All-Clear

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission on Friday voted to approve Universal Music Group's controversial acquisition of EMI with no strings attach...

Zach Carter

Universal-EMI Merger Expected To Clear FTC Vote On Friday

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission plans to vote on the controversial merger between Universal Music and EMI on Friday, and is currently expec...

Zach Carter

The Day The Music Died? The Dangers Of A Universal-EMI Merger

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Today, music lovers have more ways than ever before to access their favorite songs and discover artists they've never heard of. Can't li...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Verizon-Cable Pact

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.

Half a Loaf Is Not Enough: The DOJ's Approval of a Cable Cartel Will Harm Consumers

David Balto | Posted 08.23.2012 | Business
David Balto

The FCC had the opportunity to protect consumers by requiring more effective conditions, closing the loopholes created by the DOJ's inconsistent proposed final judgment, and imposing FiOS build-out conditions.

FCC Has Options to Make Verizon Cable Deal Better for Internet Users

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.20.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.

Roseanne Barr and Legendary Concert Promoter Leonard Rowe Talk about Racism in Hollywood

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 09.10.2012 | Media
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. On June 24, I had the opportunity to co-host with Ros...

Nokia and Microsoft Alliance Raise Significant Competition Concerns

David Balto | Posted 10.23.2012 | Business
David Balto

The Nokia/Microsoft patent transfer scheme harms competition and could impose a significant tax on all smartphones.

Why EU Antitrust Focus on Google and Data Portability Matters -- and Why It's Probably Not Enough

Nathan Newman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Nathan Newman

The four main concerns the EU has with Google include ones regularly discussed in the media, but it also includes more specific concerns about how it deals with advertisers.

How the NY Times Bought Apple's Spin on the Feds' Antitrust Suit Allowing Amazon to Cut Prices on E-books

Peter Scheer | Posted 06.12.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

It's not possible for Amazon to both (1) sell e-books at a loss in order to reap big profits on Kindle devices, and (2) sell Kindles at a loss to reap big profits on e-books. It may be doing 1 or it may be doing 2, but it can't be doing both at the same time.

How Privacy Has Become an Antitrust Issue

Al Franken | Posted 05.30.2012 | Technology
Al Franken

Most Americans don't think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should.

Watch FCC Stand By As Verizon and Cable Form New Cartel

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.20.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Since March 2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that resulted in one of the biggest media companies in history.

Hospitals Under The Gun For...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Federal antitrust regulators are targeting the flood of hospital mergers that emerged in the wake of the new health care legislation. Hospital comp...

No Letup on Big Telecom and Big Media Companies Behaving Badly

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

The idea of big companies continuing to control their markets, and control the behavior of consumers, continues to march on. Even now, two major deals are proceeding apace, one in telecom and one in the entertainment world.

High Price of Monopoly: Why American Farmers Must Buy From Just One Seed Company

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.

Have Cattle Producers Been Romney-ed?

Mike Callicrate | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Mike Callicrate

Sale of National Beef looks a lot like a Bain Capital maneuver. Did National Beef 's cattlemen owners just get "Romney-ed"? John Miller, National...

Google Busted Steering Users, Antitrust Cops Sure to Call

Jamie Court | Posted 03.24.2012 | Technology
Jamie Court

It's been a big day for those of us who have been making the case that Google steers users not to the most relevant products and services, but to its own services.

Ensuring a Robust Marketplace of Ideas: Rethinking Antitrust Policy in the Digital Age

Bruce Judson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Bruce Judson

Today, the book industry is struggling to adapt to the digital transformation. At its core, digital information has a tough time establishing value in the eyes of the consumer

Euclidean Geometry and the NCAA's Collegiate Model

Richard M. Southall | Posted 03.19.2012 | Sports
Richard M. Southall

The NCAA's collegiate model -- if it ever really existed -- died long ago and cannot be resuscitated. No matter how many times the big-time college-sport triangle is measured and re-measured, the sum of its angles is clearly not 180°.

Patent Balance Needed to Help End the Smartphone Patent Wars

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Hopefully, all of the companies involved in the "patent wars" can return their focus to innovating and competing on the merits of their products.

Max J. Rosenthal

Businesses Face A 'Devastating' New Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- With the economy still weak, businesses may face a fresh blow from insurance companies next year, according to a new report published Th...

How AT&T's Takeover of T-Mobile Went Wrong (Or Didn't)

Art Brodsky | Posted 02.01.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

It's obvious to most observers that AT&T's attempt to take over T-Mobile is all but dead. The post-mortems are starting and the question being asked is: what went wrong for AT&T?

Basketball: A Day Late, A Dollar Short -- Time for Mark Cuban and David Boies to Rescue the Fans

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 01.21.2012 | Sports
Linda Kenney Baden

I have a suggestion to solve this sport's crisis. Give Mark Cuban the power to rep the owners with full authority to agree to the terms of a contract.

House Republicans Drive More Nails Into Livestock Rule Coffin

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 01.18.2012 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

While the big news among food activists has been the unsettling possibility that a secret farm bill could be snuck into the super committee's recommendations and passed with no public input, Republicans have furtively dealt a crippling blow to family farmers and consumers.