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Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T’s Power

"It’s an ‘open the champagne bottles’ moment for AT&T. They can just tell people to pony up." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
Source: The New York Times
November 21, 2017

Senators Press Trump on White House Contacts Over AT&T-Time Warner Merger

"The Justice Department cannot block the transaction unless they do so on grounds that are well established in merger jurisprudence. They would need a principled basis to stop the deal." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

William E. Kovacic
Source: Variety
July 11, 2017

Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google

"Even if nothing else takes place, a consequence of this kind of intervention, so visible and so significant, has been to give other firms more room to maneuver." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

William E. Kovacic
Source: The New York Times
July 1, 2017

The FTC Is Finally Telling Businesses What ‘Competition’ Should Mean

"When people litigate and fight, they win." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

William E. Kovacic
Source: Washington Post
August 13, 2015

As Mergers Multiply, U.S. Antitrust Cops Raise Their Game

"The DOJ and FTC litigation success is influential. That’s how you get the attention of companies and the bar."

 — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University
William E. Kovacic
Source: The Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2015

In Its Antitrust Debacle, Was Google's Real Victim You?

"The real question is relevance. Don’t cry for Foundem just because it shows up further down in Google search results than Google Shopping. Cry for Google users who had a harder time finding what they wanted because they had to wade through less relevant search results." — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

James Grimmelmann
Source: Wired
April 20, 2015

Mutual Funds' Dark Side

"One question is whether the managers of institutional firms are directing the managers of the firms they own not to compete over price. If so, this is a violation of the antitrust laws, and the Department of Justice should investigate." — Eric Posner, Professor of Law, University of Chicago; Glen Weyl, Economist and Microsoft researcher

Eric Posner
Source: Slate
April 16, 2015

Department of Justice Proposes a Fix to Apple's E-Book Price Fixing

“The big picture concern is that the DOJ seems to be showing some interest in Apple's app platform." — Scott Hemphill, Professor, Columbia Law School

C. Scott Hemphill
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2013

DOJ to Apple: Your Punishment Must Be More Severe

The article looks at the actions the U.S. Department of Justice is proposing against Apple now that that the App Store leader has been found guilty of conspiring to fix e-book prices with publishers. Law professor Randy Picker, University of Chicago Law School, is quoted.

Randal Picker
Source: The Washington Post
August 2, 2013

How to Get Out of Your Wireless Phone Contract

“And while we tend sometimes to focus on the travails of those who want to switch and are stuck and have to pay a stiff penalty, we less often notice the reduction in price that is enjoyed by everyone else.” — Omri Ben-Shahar, Professor, University of Chicago Law School

Omri Ben-Shahar
Source: The Wall Street Journal
August 1, 2013
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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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Global Antitrust (Competition)

The laws that set the ground rules prohibiting firms from engaging in anti-competitive practices are usually called “antitrust laws” in the United States, and “competition laws” in Europe and other regions. These laws differ among nations, and each country enforces its laws independently.

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Root and Branch Reconstruction: The Modern Transformation of U.S. Antitrust Law and Policy?

Advocates for the transformation of antitrust policy in the United States support the revival of egalitarian goals for enforcers. Reformers have gained in influence, but several factors will limit their impact.

By: William E. Kovacic