Congress: Taking Aim at Vaping Will Not Solve the COVID Problem

On December 27, 2020, and after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law.  Despite the headline element of the bill being direct payments of $600, the spending package also contained a bill entitled the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSEC). This bill, hidden on […]

Letter Urges Congress Not to Change Antitrust Laws to Target Firms

Today, ACI joined a coalition of groups urging Congress to oppose changes to our antitrust standards that would drive courts to break up and destroy American technology companies. We believe that antitrust regulators and lawmakers should adhere to the prudent, decades-old consumer welfare standard, which has long been a foundation for antitrust enforcement and that […]

Congress Takes Aim at Vaping to Solve COVID

On December 27, 2020, and after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) into law.  Despite the headline element of the bill being direct payments of $600, the spending package also contained a bill entitled the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSEC). This bill, hidden on […]

The Daily Record: Capping Restaurant Delivery Fees is a Bad Idea

With COVID spiking across the U.S., consumers see food delivery as a way to have safe and convenient restaurant meals. Consumers are demanding it, and it has been a lifeline for the restaurant industry. Unfortunately, some localities have proposed increased regulations on third-party delivery platforms. At a time when these services are the easiest means […]

Coalition: Protect the Consumer Welfare Standard

Today, ACI joined a group of organizations and prominent scholars to warn Congress not to change the current consumer welfare standard for conducting antitrust enforcement. That standard tests whether consumers benefit or lose from changes in market efficiency, quality and price, and it is used to determine if antitrust actions are needed. Today’s coalition letter […]

Coalition Letter Calls for the Withdraw of the Proposed ICTS Rule

This week, ACI joined a coalition letter, calling on the Commerce Department to withdraw or significantly amend the proposed rule Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply [ICTS] Chain.” The proposed rule would grant the Secretary of Commerce broad, significant, and undefined powers over small and large American businesses, and could have the […]

To Prevent Cyberattacks: Bigger is Better

Over the past decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned about cyberattacks, cybersecurity, and data breaches. Currently, 87% of Americans say cybersecurity should be a priority for policymakers, while only 51% believe the government is doing enough to address the threat. Over the past decade, cybercrime has grown significantly. In 2010, for example, its estimated […]

The Economic Standard: Oregon to Significantly Raise Vapor Product Prices

Last election day, Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved a new tax measure on nicotine products in an attempt to reduce the rate of smoking and save its citizens money on healthcare costs. This proposal, also called the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health Programs Measure, took effect this year and increased the current excise tax […]

Webinar Video: Competition, Consumer Protection, and Digital Platforms

Antitrust scrutiny of big tech continues to increase in the United States at both the federal and state level, and digital platforms are the target of these scrutiny efforts. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of 48 state attorneys general recently filed two separate lawsuits against Facebook calling for the divestiture of Instagram […]

The Economic Standard: Department of Labor Provides Clarity for the Gig Economy

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, independent workers have become an increasingly important part of the modern American economy as workers choose flexibility over traditional “9 to 5” employment. This trend is most clearly evidenced by the substantial growth in the numbers of Americans participating in the gig economy. In 2005, Intuit estimated only […]