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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Critics zero in on FTC for green-lighting Instagram takeover

There was a telling exchange during the heated Capitol Hill hearing at which tech CEOs testified when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was pressed on whether he paid $1 billion for Instagram in 2012 to...

Volkswagen's $9.5 billion settlement over deceptive ads offers sobering lesson

It's hard to blame the Federal Trade Commission for spiking the ball to celebrate completing the largest consumer redress program ever, in which Volkswagen forked over more than $9.5 billion for...

FTC oversight hearing dominated by video glitches, Big Tech concerns

Members of the Federal Trade Commission disagreed on policy issues while appearing virtually before a Senate panel, but saw eye to eye on one thing: technology can cause problems.

E-commerce transparency seen as antidote to bogus goods in new congressional bills

Online sellers trading in high volumes of merchandise could be subject to Federal Trade Commission transparency requirements under new House and Senate legislation.

Amid coronavirus, digital push, FTC reviews health data rule

As the coronavirus pandemic shifts more attention toward medical privacy and health apps grow in popularity, the Federal Trade Commission is in the midst of reviewing its Health Breach Notification...

Elmer exits DOJ for fresh start in corporate law

Having grown up in the football-obsessed state of Alabama, Julie Elmer made a name for herself quarterbacking the trial teams in antitrust cases at the Department of Justice.