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.

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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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FTC could see more oversight, power when it returns to full strength

When the Federal Trade Commission gets a full roster of commissioners, the outcome of most votes isn’t likely to change, but the agency could see more congressional oversight and maybe more power.

Khan declines to recuse in Intuit case

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan declined to recuse herself in the Intuit case regarding the TurboTax tax preparation product, saying her public comments about the matter did not show...

FTC reports increase in elder fraud losses

The Federal Trade Commission told Congress that fewer older adults reported losses to fraud last year, but that more money was lost, with the total reaching $1.6 billion in 2022.

Privacy Corner: AI expert Dobrin uses ‘bully pulpit’ to warn of tech bias

It might seem unusual that a geneticist who helped map the human genome would later become a sought-after expert in artificial intelligence. “But it’s not so off the wall,” said Seth Dobrin,...

US consumers report fraud originating in China

China accounted for one-quarter of fraud complaints identified by US consumers from 2019 to 2023, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s data on cross-border fraud.

Neil Averitt commentary: Considering a good-enough Kroger settlement

With the time nearing for a decision on the country’s largest supermarket merger, Lina Khan and the Federal Trade Commission face a difficult choice. Do they take a pretty good but imperfect...

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Navigating big tech, journalistic and political minefields

The tumult in the economic and ideological landscape of the American media shows no sign of abating soon. While there are no surefire ways to improve things, taking lessons from one of the era’s most successful and thoughtful editors is a nice place to start.