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    U.S., Japan Break Up Private-Sector Collusion

    The “largest criminal investigation the Antitrust Division has ever pursued” in its 80 years of existence is continuing to unfold. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has just announced that an additional nine Japanese companies and two executives will plead guilty to price-fixing and bid-rigging targeted at auto parts sold … More

    Google and the FTC: Searching (in Vain) for a Violation

    Sure, you’re smart enough to use the Internet. That’s how you found this post. But are you smart enough to be trusted with the power to select your own Internet search engine? Some—mostly competitors of Google—aren’t so sure. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided (after an almost two-year-long investigation) … More

    Wal-Mart Delivers a Lesson to Antitrust Prosecutors

    Wal-Mart made headlines last week for launching same-day delivery service in direct competition with Amazon.com. This new retail rivalry between the big boys—brick-and-mortar versus virtual—provides yet more evidence that no company, no matter its size, is immune from competition. That’s a lesson federal antitrust prosecutors ought to heed. The “Wal-Mart … More

    Google Makes a Pitch for Free Market

    Google is growing up. That was the message company representatives shared at Heritage this week on the Silicon Valley behemoth’s 13th birthday. (Click here to watch video of the event.) Google is making the case for the free market — and taking its message to conservatives. The Heritage Foundation hosted … More

    No Fair Play In Microsoft's Complaint Against Google

    Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) alleging unfair business practices by Google. The EC is the very same government body that hounded Microsoft for years on antitrust allegations, culminating in the company’s loss of intellectual property and billions of dollars in fines. That Microsoft now seeks … More

    The House and Senate Cloakroom: February 8 – 12, 2010

    The House passed and sent to the President a $1.9 trillion dollar debt limit increase. More

    DOJ's New Antitrust Rule: "Too Big To Succeed"

    For months now, the Treasury Department has been grappling with the consequences of “Too Big to Fail” — the idea that some enterprises are too large to allow to fail. Now here’s comes the Justice Department with “Too Big To Succeed,” the idea that some firms are too large to … More