All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Antitrust’

Former FTC Chairman Doesn’t Think An FTC Antitrust Suit Against Google Would Work

There has been talk about a possible antitrust investigation into Google by the FTC for over a year. Earlier this year, the FTC hired Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile antitrust litigator, which many assumed signaled that this scenario would soon come to fruition, though FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz brushed of the notion. He has, however, indicated intent to find a Section …

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Ironically, FairSearch Company Expedia Accused Of Breaking Antitrust Laws

Expedia, along with a number of other companies, including Orbitz, Travelocity, Sabre Holdings Corp., Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and Hilton Worldwide, have been named in a federal lawsuit in California for conspiring to fix hotel room prices, to fend off smaller online retailers selling rooms at lower prices, Reuters reports. Plaintiffs Nikita Turik and Eric Balk are …

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Justice Department To Allow Verizon’s Spectrum Deal With Cable Companies

The Justice Department announced today it will allow Verizon’s proposed acquisitions of spectrum from cable companies Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications (as well as T-Mobile’s contingent purchase of a significant portion of that spectrum) to go forward, under a proposed antitrust settlement. The DoJ is, however, requiring some changes to the agreements concerning the sale of …

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It Looks Like Google’s Search Results Are About To Change In Europe

It looks like Google and the European Commission may have reached an agreement in the big antitrust battle. As reported yesterday, the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia reportedly added to his list of conditions that Google apply any agreed upon changes to mobile search, as well as desktop. Today, reports are coming out that the two parties have reached …

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Government May Hold Google Back In Mobile Search Innovation, Even With Competition On The Rise

Earlier this month, Google was reported to have submitted a proposal to settle with the European Commission with regards to concerns expressed by the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia. Details of Google’s proposal were not made public, but newer reports indicate that Almunia has added the condition that Google’s changes to its search results be applied to mobile search, …

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What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe?

A month ago, it was reported that Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, had given Google a deadline of July 2 to come up with changes to its search results, which would address four main concerns. Now, Google has submitted a proposal, but is not revealing its contents. “We have made a proposal to address the four areas …

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Former Rhode Island AG: Google Thinks It Is Above The Law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot filed a civil suit against Google in a Texas State court this week, as part of an ongoing antitrust probe. According to the Wall Street Journal, Abbot claims Google has withheld 14,500 documents, while a Google spokesperson is quoted as saying: “We have shared hundreds of thousands of documents with the Texas Attorney General, and …

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Is Google A Monopoly Or Do People Just Prefer It?

The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, calling Google a monopoly and slamming the company’s business practices. This is nothing new, of course. We see these types of complaints all the time, and various government bodies continue to give the company a hard look. The European Commission has even given Google a July 2 …

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Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly. Google followed up the article with its own official response. We weighed in on the topic here. The Journal has put out a follow up in the Letters section, called: Google Isn’t a Monopoly, Given Other Customer Choices,” …

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This CEO Thinks Google Shopping Is Good For E-Commerce

Google created some ripples throughout the e-commerce industry this week when it announced that Google Shopping will be replacing Google Product Search. This is way more than just a name change, it’s a transition from a free service for merchants to essentially a paid inclusion vertical search engine, which will see “sponsored” listings appear on regular Google search result pages. …

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Google May Have To Change Search Results

Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, has expressed concerns about Google, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a long, drawn-out legal process for the company. Almunia and Google seem to be in the process of talking things out, and that may or may not lead to Google making some changes, at least in Europe. A …

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Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says

In spite of the red sky Google might be seeing these mornings, the company doesn’t necessarily need to batten down the hatches of its ships just yet, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That red sky Google’s been cautious about goes by the name of Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile litigator who’s made quite the name for herself as …

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