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When Regulators Fail to Rein in Big Tech, Some Turn to Antitrust Litigation

Unlike cases brought by government agencies, which presumably seek to address consumer harm, judges sometimes view private plaintiffs as whining about their inability to compete. — Eleanor Fox, Professor of Antitrust Law, New York University
Eleanor Fox
Source: The Washington Post
August 21, 2020

Apple's 'Extreme' App Policies Give Google Defense in Fortnite Antitrust Suit

“Having other options definitely makes it a bit harder to say something is anticompetitive,” Economides said, speaking generally about app stores.“ With Apple, things are extreme because there’s no alternative whatsoever. That makes for a stronger potential case.” — Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics, New York University
Nicholas Economides
Source: Reuters
August 17, 2020

Appeals Court Ruling for Qualcomm “A Victory of Theory Over Facts”

“I would describe it as a victory of theory over facts.” — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
Source: Ars Technica
August 14, 2020

Big Tech’s ‘Buy and Kill’ Tactics Come Under Scrutiny

In this Financial Times article, Stanford Professor of Law Mark Lemley weighs in on the FTC's request to the five largest U.S. technology companies to provide information about prior acquisitions.
Mark Lemley
Source: Financial Times
February 13, 2020

FTC Turns Up Heat with Justice Department in Dueling Tech Probes

"It is a remarkably hostile gesture by the Department of Justice to do this," — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School


William E. Kovacic
Source: Bloomberg
February 13, 2020

FTC Will Review Past Mergers by Facebook, Google and Other Big Tech Companies

"The acquisition practices of the leading tech companies long have been the subject of tremendous scrutiny, and this will be an opportunity to assemble the best body of data on how many of these deals took place and what their competitive significance was." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Washington Post
February 11, 2020

T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Wins Approval from U.S. Judge

"If this merger is not anticompetitive, even with the remedies agreed to, it is hard to know what is." — Eleanor Fox, Professor of Law, New York University


Eleanor Fox
Source: Reuters
February 10, 2020

Justice Department Announces Broad Antitrust Review of Big Tech

"It looks like the antitrust winter is over." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: The Washington Post
July 23, 2019

Is ‘Big Tech’ Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

The article reports on investigations at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission over “aggressive business practices” at Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Additionally, the report includes a look into the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust probe. New York University antitrust law professor Eleanor Fox is quoted.


Eleanor Fox
Source: The Washington Post
June 4, 2019

EU and US Still Searching for Way to Curb Tech Giants

US regulators have "taken a curious turn toward trying to help Google and other massive digital platforms to consolidate market power, rather than policing them." — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland


Frank Pasquale
Source: Independent
March 14, 2019
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