Tag Archives: Antitrust

Financial Daily Dose 7.29.2020 | Top Story: Tech Titans to Testify About Antitrust Concerns Today

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 29, 2020

Much more on what to expect from Big Tech’s “Big Tobacco Moment” on the Hill today, at which Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple’s CEOs will endeavor to make the case that their massive companies don’t “stifle[] rivals and harm[] consumers” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch An extra challenge for Apple’s Tim Cook, … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.24.2020 | Top Story: Top German Court Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against Facebook Over Illegal Data Harvesting

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 24, 2020

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday that “Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users”—a “major victory for proponents of tougher regulation of the world’s largest technology companies” – NYTimes and Law360 Meanwhile, here in the States, the DOJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.16.2020 | Top Story: Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Protecting LGBTQ and Transgender Workers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 16, 2020

On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a surprising and monumental win for LGBTQ and transgender Americans, ruling 6-3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to protect “gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.” The “vastly consequential” decision extended workplace protections to the millions of workers in states where, until yesterday morning, “it was … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.11.2020 | Top Story: Europe to Charge Amazon with Antitrust Violations Over Treatment of Third-Party Sellers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 11, 2020

The European Union’s antitrust authority is reportedly within days of filing charges against Amazon for the company’s “treatment of third-party sellers,” the latest step in a “two-year probe into Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of sellers that use its platform” related to its “dual role as a marketplace operator and a seller of its own products” – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.19.2020 | Top Story: US Markets Surge on Hopes for Covid-19 Vaccine

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 19, 2020

Optimism over promising results for a coronavirus vaccine from Moderna helped drive stocks up on Monday after a rough go of it last week – WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Inside sources suggest that the DOJ is preparing to file “antitrust charges against Google as early as this summer . . . in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.27.2020 | Top Story: Ninth Circuit Limits First Amendment Application on Tech Platforms

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 27, 2020

The Ninth Circuit has ruled unanimously that privately operated internet platforms are “free to censor content they don’t like”—a “not unexpected” ruling that nonetheless “marks the most emphatic rejection . . . that YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other giant tech platforms are bound by the First Amendment” – WSJ and Law360 Getting to know new … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.12.2020 | Top Story: Big Tech Antitrust Update

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 12, 2020

Big-Tech/Antitrust Update: the FTC has demanded information from Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc. regarding acquisitions of small firms over the past 10 years that may have been too small to trigger antitrust review. This analysis of Big Tech’s “kill zones” may lead to future changes in how the FTC … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.6.2020 | Top Story: Feds Probing Google’s Ad Business Over Antitrust Concerns

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 6, 2020

More detail is emerging on the DOJ’s ongoing antitrust probe into Google, with recent attention to the company’s online ad tools suggesting the topic has become “a major focus of the investigation,” with special focus on “how Google’s third-party advertising business interacts with publishers and advertisers” – WSJ and Bloomberg The company has, however, managed … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.14.2020 | Top Story: Amazon Hit with Antitrust Case by India’s Government

BY: Juvian Hernandez | January 14, 2020

BlackRock Inc. will sell out of all companies “that get more than 25% of sales from thermal coal.” This threshold, however, won’t affect larger, diversified miners—which includes some of the biggest coal shippers. – Bloomberg and NYTimes MGM Resorts International agreed to sell the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay and casinos to Blackstone Group Inc. Blackstone would own … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.09.2019 | Top Story: States Begin Trial Today Challenging T-Mobile/Sprint Merger on Antitrust Grounds

BY: Juvian Hernandez | December 9, 2019

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia are suing to block the $26 billion plan to merge T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. The trial is slated to begin today with state officials arguing the deal would create “a more staid market with prices higher than they would otherwise be . . . .” – … Continue reading