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Authors Guild v. Google

Decision in favor of Google over the authors in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case involving mass copying of books by Google.  The judge found that Google’s use of book snippets for discovery was transformative  and did not supplant the books’ use.  From Scribd


Department of Justice Proposes Remedy to Address Apple’s Price Fixing

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Supreme Court/courts

Press release about proposal submitted to New York District Court which would mandate that Apple terminate existing agreements with five major publishers and refrain from such anti-competitive e-book distribution contracts for a period of five years.  From the Justice Department


U.S. v Apple

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Ruling by U.S. District Court Judge in New York that Apple conspired to raise E-book prices in violation of antitrust law.  From Scribd


FTC v. Actavis Inc

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 Supreme Court decision that so-called “pay for delay” deals, where drug companies pay to delay the introduction of generic competition may violate antitrust laws.  The Federal Trade Commission had argued that payments by Solvay Pharmaceuticals to delay generic competition for one of its products for 9 years were a violation of antitrust law.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns ….

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Agency press release on the outcome of an investigation into possible unfair trade practices by Google in favoring its own products in search results.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Follow-On Biologics: The Law and Intellectual Property Issues

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Copyright/Patents,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

Examines the market for medical preparations derived from living organisms, the lack of competition from generic drugs, the reasons for different treatment of biologics, and the legislative attempts to promote competition.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Antitrust: European Commission Opens Proceedings Against Microsoft to Investigate Possible Non-Compliance with Browser Choice Commitments

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,European Union,Science/Technology

Accuses Microsoft of failing to live up to 2009 commitments to offer customers a choice of browsers when purchasing computers with Microsoft operating systems.  Provides links to past documents in the litigation between Microsoft and the European Union agency.  From the European Commission


Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues

This report discusses selected legal issues related to recent legislation about vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to cyber threats and proposals to share cyber threat information among private sector and government entities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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