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Facebook and Google Cases Are Our Last Chance to Save the Economy from Monopolization

"In prosecuting the Google and Facebook cases, the government’s lawyers will have to walk a fine line between realism and ambition." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Washington Post
December 18, 2020

Bolstered by Pandemic, Tech Titans Face Growing Scrutiny

"We must regulate the platforms, but be careful not to make scapegoats of them." — Jacques Cremer, Professor of Economics and Research Faculty , Toulouse School of Economics


Jacques Crémer
Source: France 24
December 16, 2020

These Are the Key Arguments in the Antitrust Case Against Facebook

"Can the FTC and the states prove harm—actual harm or likely harm—and if yes, then will they be able to give the court confidence in a breakup? That, in my opinion, is the central point of contention in this case." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: Fast Company
December 11, 2020

'The Wrath Of Mark': 4 Takeaways From The Government's Case Against Facebook

"Even to a jaded reader of antitrust-like documents over time, [this] opens your eyes and causes your jaw to drop." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: National Public Radio
December 11, 2020

Facebook Lawsuits Don't Show Much Consumer Harm, But Must They?

"The Facebook lawsuits can be hard to prove because you have to persuade the court that the inference of that kind of harm is strong based on the conduct." — Andrew Gavil, Professor of Law, Howard University


Andy Gavil
Source: Reuters
December 10, 2020

DOJ Antitrust Fever Led to Google Lawsuit—Now Can They Win It?

"The DOJ has pulled together a narrow suit that they may have a chance of winning. But it’s not going to satisfy the people who say break up big tech.” — Eleanor Fox, Professor of Law, New York University

 


Eleanor Fox
Source: Forbes
November 23, 2020

Government kept to the sidelines as Google got big. Now regulators have the chance to rein the company back in.

“U. S. antitrust law gives a huge amount of freedom to firms to decide what competitive strategies they want,”  — Eleanor Fox, Professor of Law, New York University


Eleanor Fox
Source: The Washington Post
October 12, 2020

Government kept to the sidelines as Google got big. Now regulators have the chance to rein the company back in.

“There have been so many visible expressions of intent to bring a case, to do something, that they [U.S. Justice Department] cannot retreat from that if they are to retain any vestige of credibility,” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: The Washington Post
October 12, 2020

'Near-perfect market intelligence': Why a House report says Big Tech monopolies are uniquely powerful

"If Congress does flip, you could end up with some kind of new scheme for the big digital marketplaces. It'd be like the Radio Act of 1927, a different paradigm for thinking of online platforms." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: CNN
October 10, 2020

This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

“If I knew in 2007 what I know now, I would have voted to challenge the DoubleClick acquisition,” — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University
William E. Kovacic
Source: The New York Times
September 21, 2020
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William Kovacic on the United States’ Antitrust Transformation

George Washington University Law Professor and former Chair of the FTC, William Kovacic outlines the transformation happening in American antitrust policy.

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Antitrust Policy Toward Patent Licensing: Why Negotiation Matters

Some are concerned that patents for complex innovations give rise to problems such as royalty stacking or patent thickets. However, empirical data shows that patent pools and negotiation of patent licenses tend to eliminate these concerns.

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