Tech titans, other companies face PR hurdles in antitrust suits

Antitrust cases are fought as much in the court of public opinion as in a courtroom, and experts say that calls for a multipronged strategy.

Neill Averitt

Actually using a balancing test in the Google case

Antitrust lawyers love to talk about the consumer welfare standard and the rule of reason, and indeed these things are central to the intellectual framework of the law and to practical counseling. But when they’re put to the test in high-stakes litigation against Big Tech, courts generally recoil...

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Bedoya, focused and passionate, talks about putting consumers first

Federal Trade Commission member Alvaro Bedoya just reached his six-month work anniversary. The former Senate staffer and Georgetown University professor arrived at a time of incredible activity at...

Khan defends use of unpaid consultants

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan defended the agency’s use of unpaid consultants to Republican congressmen who have promised more scrutiny of her aggressive antitrust enforcement. But she...

Bannon’s relationship to Emerdata probed

Steve Bannon, a strategist for former President Donald Trump, responded to the Federal Trade Commission’s questions regarding his relationship to Emerdata, a London data firm linked to Cambridge...

Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift debacle highlights predatory practices

Ticketmaster has come under intense regulatory scrutiny since it botched the ticket sales for Taylor Swift, leaving customers, like myself, stranded in the online queue for hours while the website...

Neil Averitt commentary: Some hits and a miss in Section 5 policy statement

The diplomat Talleyrand, who represented post-Napoleonic France at the make-or-break Congress of Vienna, cautioned his staff to move only in measured steps: “Above all,” he said, “no zeal.” This...

Microsoft-Activision remedy talks not welcome by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has no interest in any remedy discussions to address concerns with the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal, MLex has learned.

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Peering at history through an economic lens

Renowned economist J. Bradford DeLong’s new book, “Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century,” proves that works about this often-arcane topic need not be dull, number-laden or too abstract.