Monopoly and antitrust

August 19, 2019 - 11:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who...
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FILE - This combination of April 30, 2018, file photos shows signage for a Sprint store in New York's Herald Square, top, and signage at a T-Mobile store in New York. Texas is joining more than a dozen states suing to stop T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival cellphone company Sprint, arguing that the deal is bad for consumers because it would reduce competition. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
August 01, 2019 - 6:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas has joined more than a dozen states that are suing to stop T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival cellphone company Sprint, arguing that the deal is bad for consumers because it would reduce competition. It's the first Republican attorney general of the group, which now...
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FILE - This Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo shows the Department of Justice Building in Washington. The U.S. Department of Justice is opening a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
July 24, 2019 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like Europe before it, the U.S. government looks ready to try reining in its technology giants. But doing so may be more difficult than it seems. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their...
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FILE - This Friday, March 22, 2019, file photo shows the Department of Justice Building in Washington. The U.S. Department of Justice is opening a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
July 23, 2019 - 9:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers. It said the probe will take into account "widespread concerns"...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, that the Federal Trade Commission will allege that Facebook misled users about its privacy practices as part of an expected settlement.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 23, 2019 - 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. regulation of technology companies (all times local): 6:25 p.m. The Justice Department says its new review of Big Tech's market power will delve into competition "in an objective and fair-minded manner." The agency says it wants to ensure that Americans have...
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Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., left, chair of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, speaks alongside ranking member, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing with representatives from major tech companies, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 17, 2019 - 10:18 am
Big Tech faced tough questions Tuesday as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency. Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have long enjoyed...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, a model dressing as Japanese character Hello Kitty waits for guests to pose for a souvenir photo at Sanrio Puroland, a theme park featuring Hello Kitty in Tokyo. European Union antitrust authorities have fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl. The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said Sanrio was fined 6.2 million euros ($7 million) because the company violated the bloc’s competition rules. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
July 09, 2019 - 11:02 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities on Tuesday fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl. The EU's antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Sanrio Co. was fined 6...
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June 21, 2019 - 1:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that lawyers on both sides say they hope will reach trial in October. Beau Buffier, a lawyer for New York state's attorney general, told a judge at a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, file photo, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Delrahim suggested Tuesday, June 11, 2019, he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
June 11, 2019 - 9:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust chief suggested Tuesday he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim also was clear in a speech in Israel that he is well aware that...
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New York Attorney General Letitia James, center, speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in New York. A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
June 11, 2019 - 4:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state attorneys general said the promised benefits, such as better networks in rural areas and faster service...
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