Medium: This time, Ticketmaster can’t expect fans to just “shake it off”

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held a much-anticipated hearing regarding the recent Ticketmaster-Taylor Swift fiasco. During the three-hour meeting titled “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment,” lawmakers called witnesses and grilled Ticketmaster about the events of Nov. 18, when the online ticket giant’s website crashed within an hour of […]

Robinson-Patman Act shouldn’t be weaponized to punish firms for economies of scale

Inflation rates over the past year have consumers struggling for relief, politicians looking for a scapegoat and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) taking the opportunity to advance antitrust enforcement. Blaming greedy corporations may be popular and provide an opportunity for the reintroduction of a largely stagnant Robinson-Patman Act. However, antitrust enforcement should focus on the […]

Coalition letter to HHS and CMS: Increase patient savings through generic tiering proposal

Joining a coalition of health and public policy organizations, the American Consumer Institute signed a letter calling on Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks LaSure to finalize a proposal requiring that health plan issuers “place generic drugs on tiers labeled ‘generic’ […]

Upcoming Epic Games case against Google bears striking resemblance to Apple trial

After months of waiting, Fortnite developer Epic Games has finally received a court date for its long-anticipated antitrust case against Google. A Northern District of California judge recently set Nov. 6 as the start date for the jury trial. Dating back to August 2020, when Epic Games first filed suit against Google after it removed […]

Medium: As politicization of the FTC escalates, employee satisfaction declines

Last year a Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey exposed a significant decline in employee satisfaction at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Ever since then, questions have lingered about how an agency that once ranked second “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” could have fallen to №22 in such a short time. The answer may lie with the swift […]

Spotify’s pursuit against Apple could have severe implications for consumers

Spotify and other companies aren’t letting up in their fight against what they deem “anticompetitive and unfair practices” from Apple. If they succeed in their call on the European Commission to take decisive action against Apple, consumers could face less security, convenience and choice of content. The Commission should decline to require Apple to make […]

Medium: DoJ should balance antitrust concerns with consumer interests, Google’s record

In an eyebrow-raising move, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced last week that Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter has been cleared to lead an investigation into whether Google has knowingly participated in anti-competitive behaviors in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. Critics of the move, including Google itself, point out that during Kanter’s recent years in […]

Cryptocurrency needs clear classification, streamlined regulatory framework

Calls to restrict the growth of the cryptocurrency industry persist, especially in the aftermath of the highly publicized collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX. It’s understandable that politicians and regulators are concerned with the stability and reliability of the emergent digital asset space amid volatile prices and companies defaulting. However, these developments shouldn’t immediately trigger […]

ChatGPT3 isn’t immune from classic critiques of new technology

As consumers adapt to understand the uses of ChatGPT3, fears over worst-case scenarios have been grabbing headlines. Like all new technologies, ChatGPT3 has its critics who believe the technology will change the world as we know it — and not for the better. Despite the bleak images some cynics paint, their concerns are generally nothing […]

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Policy Analyst American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Arlington, VA About the Organization The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is an educational and research institute with a mission to promote economic welfare by improving the understanding and impact that public policies and regulations have on consumers in a free market. The […]