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Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/page/files/20160414_cea_competition_issue_brief.pdf

Describes ways in which competition between business firms can create benefits for consumers and the economy and how those benefits are threatened when competition is impaired by business or government action.  Part of the Obama Administration’s initiative against anti-competitive behavior.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Antitrust Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Google on Comparison Shopping Service

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Antitrust/Monopoly,European Union,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4781_en.htm

Press release with links to documents related to European Commission antitrust investigation of Google for allegedly abusing its position as the dominant search engine in the European Union.  From the European Commission

 

Proposed Divestiture Study

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/federal_register_notices/2015/01/1501hsrdivestiturefrn.pdf

Announces the intention of the Federal Trade Commission to undertake a study of the effectiveness of agency antitrust activity where mergers have been permitted but divestitures required. Invites public comments about the proposed action.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/reports/documents/competitionamongusbroadbandserviceproviders.pdf

Examines the array of choices for home Internet service, their varying speeds, and the minimal speed needed for various applications.  From the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,European Union,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/518751/IPOL_STU%282014%29518751_EN.pdf

Provides background on the debate over network neutrality including its technological, economic, and public policy aspects, and implications for European public policy.  Also includes a comparison between the debate and policy positions in the U.S. and Europe.  From the European Parliament Think Tank

 

Authors Guild v. Google

http://www.scribd.com/doc/184171216/Authors-Guild-v-Google-Decision

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

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-at-877.html

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

http://www.scribd.com/doc/152918234/Ruling-in-U-S-v-Apple

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

 

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