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Apple Loses E-Book Price Fixing Case

The report examines the federal district court decision against Apple in the e-books price fixing case. Law professor James Grimmelmann, University of Maryland, helps to explain Judge Cote’s decision.

James Grimmelmann
Source: National Public Radio’s All Things Considered
July 9, 2013

Apple: Price-Fixing Charges 'Not True'

The story looks at Apple’s defense against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School, is interviewed.

James Grimmelmann
Source: National Public Radio’s Morning Edition
June 3, 2013

U.S. Takes Apple to Trial Over E-Books Price-Fixing

The article looks at the U.S. Justice Department’s case against Apple accusing them of conspiring to increase ebook prices. Law professor John Lopatka, Pennsylvania State University, is quoted.

John Lopatka
Source: Reuters
June 1, 2013

U.S. Takes Apple to Trial Over eBooks: 'This Case Will Effectively Set The Rules For Internet Commerce'

The article looks at the U.S. Justice Department’s case against Apple accusing them of conspiring to increase ebook prices. Law professor Geoffrey Manne, Lewis & Clark College, is quoted.

Geoffrey Manne
Source: Huffington Post
June 1, 2013

Which Way Will Tom Wheeler Take the FCC? Follow the Blog Trail

This article examines the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) authority in antitrust cases. Joshua Wright, currently on leave from George Mason University while serving with the Federal Trade Commission, is quoted.

Joshua Wright
Source: Forbes
May 5, 2013

Insight - Flexing Antitrust Muscle, China Is a New Merger Hurdle

"Sometimes the remedies have nothing to do with antitrust concerns, but you are so desperate to close a deal that you give up the store to the Chinese. Firms will make all kinds of concessions. If this were the United States, people would say: I'll see you in court. No one's going to do that in China." — Daniel Sokol, Professor, University of Florida

Daniel Sokol
Source: Reuters
May 2, 2013

Microsoft Sends EU Report Questioning Google Results

"Impartiality of search results will become all the more important in the years to come, given that screen sizes on smartphones and tablets are smaller than on traditional PCs. Smaller screens mean there is even less room for competing services to appear in Google’s mobile search." — Susan Athey, Professor, Stanford University

Susan Athey
Source: Bloomberg
March 25, 2013

Microsoft's EU Fine 'Excessive,' Counterproductive

"This fine is extraordinary. It's huge, for something that for all intents and purposes looks like a mistake." — Nicholas Economides, Professor, New York University

Nicholas Economides
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
March 7, 2013

Some Say Google Search Decision May Benefit Consumers

"There’s never been any evidence that consumers were harmed by Google’s practices and no evidence that Google ever engaged in any manipulation that violates antitrust law." — Eric Goldman, Professor, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: The Boston Globe
January 4, 2013

Borking Antitrust: Google Secures Its Monopoly

Without strong action, centrifugal tendencies will increasingly dominate the internet, as innovation will centralize in the few mega-firms capable of promoting new services on an ever-less-level playing field. — Frank Pasquale, Professor, Seton Hall University and Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor, University of Virginia

Frank Pasquale
Source: Dissent Magazine
January 3, 2013
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