The anticompetitive effects of vertical integration by cable systems have now reached crisis proportions with the ongoing refusal — already more than five months old and with no end in sight — of Time Warner to license Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games for cable or satellite distribution, or local broadcast, on any network other than its own SportsNet LA programming channel.
A French decision on Caribbean yogurt muddies the difference between antitrust and consumer protection, which are quite distinct concepts in America.
New legal service technologies are premised on the prediction that significant change in the legal industry will be driven by consumers and small businesses, not by lawyers and law firms. It’s a hard notion with which to disagree.
The same underlying market power and distribution problems still exist in music licensing, just as they did in 1941.
There’s a famous old political adage — “where you stand is where sit” (also known as Miles’ Law) — meaning basically that government policy positions are dictated more by agency imperative and institutional memory than objective consideration of the public interest. A related concept is “regulatory capture,” where administrative agencies over time become defenders of the status quo and pursue objectives more for regulated firms […]
Three high-level FTC staffers are backing Tesla in its ongoing fight to sell electric cars directly to consumers.
The legal process is increasingly being used by incumbent industries to thwart change with that ancient mantra of obsolescent businesses, “consumer protection.”
US competition agencies say they have clarified that antitrust is, not “a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing,” but the real story is that the risk of antitrust exposure for exchange of cyber risk information, even among direct competitors, was and remains almost non-existent.
The collective assembly of a patent war chest by the oddly named Rockstar Consortium -— all of the otherwise competing rivals of Google in the wireless OS space — smacks of a horizontal conspiracy to raise rivals’ costs.
We’ve been discussing the FTC and EU investigations of Google’s search practices for more than two years. The latest FairSearch contentions represent a transparent attempt to forestall resolution of the European process, moving the goalposts in light of the failure of their dire competitive predictions. It is time for Commissioner Almunia and the EU to close up shop, settle and move on.