Items tagged "Department of Justice"

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Public Knowledge Applauds Antitrust Suit Against Google

October 20, 2020 anticompetitive practices , Antitrust , Department of Justice , DOJ , Google , lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The suit focuses on how Google has monopolized the search engine market as well as the market for general search advertising. The suit comes after our recent letters urging the Justice Department to review Google’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior in the search and advertising technology markets.

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U.S. v. Sabre Decision Is Wrong About Platform Markets

April 9, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , Department of Justice , Litigation

I’m very concerned about yesterday’s decision in U.S. v. Sabre, the antitrust case examining the merger of Sabre and Farelogix, two airline ticket software companies. Aside from the consolidation of the airline ticket software industry, the decision includes a really troubling interpretation of the already problematic American Express decision from 2018, potentially making it more […]

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Public Knowledge Calls for Appeal of Misguided Consent Decree Decision

September 19, 2016 BMI , Consent Decrees , Department of Justice , Litigation , Music Licensing

Last Friday, the federal district court overseeing the BMI consent decree rejected the Department of Justice’s interpretation, holding that it did not prohibit so-called “fractional licensing.” In an opinion with little meaningful analysis, the court dismissed DOJ’s reading of the plain language of the consent decree, calling the consent decree language merely “descriptive.”

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A Closer Look at the Department of Justice’s ASCAP and BMI Consent Decree Review

July 18, 2016 Antitrust , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Department of Justice , Music Licensing

The music publishing industry has reacted in colorful and apocalyptic terms in its response to the leak detailing the expected conclusion of the Department of Justice’s consent decree review, in which the agency extensively examined the antitrust settlements binding the two largest performance rights organizations (PROs) in the nation, ASCAP and BMI. A closer look at Department’s reported conclusions suggests that the music industry response is overblown.

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