The Hill: Senate Antitrust Bill Has Serious Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses

Lawmakers in Washington are about to take a major step toward modifying America’s antitrust laws and departing from the consumer welfare standard that has guided antitrust thought since the 1970s. While the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) still has legislative barriers to clear, its mark-up today is an essential step toward it arriving on President Biden‘s […]

The Economic Standard: GOP and Democrat Antitrust Focus Unwittingly Helps China

There is a widespread belief that social media platforms like Google, Amazon, and Meta Platforms are too big. Unfortunately, this misguided belief is not only publicly popular but also becoming mainstream among officials in the Biden Administration, Congress, and federal regulators at the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. This erroneous and flawed […]

ACI Letter to U.S. Senate: Proposed Antitrust Legislation Will Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

Dear Senators, As longtime advocates for policies that increase consumer choice, boost competition, and protect consumers, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan research and educational institute, has analyzed and highlighted numerous times the negative effects the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S. 2992) would have on consumer and […]

The Economic Standard: British Antitrust Reforms are Bad Example for U.S.

With antitrust reform front and center of American politics, it’s easy to ignore the global effort to rein in big tech companies. However, much like the United States, the United Kingdom has taken steps to reform its antitrust laws and enforcement agencies in a manner that codifies ‘big is bad’ and ignores the myriad of […]

The Hill: Antitrust Legislation Imperils Consumers and Small Businesses

Throughout 2021, Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have proposed numerous pieces of legislation that would alter U.S. antitrust law to punish online marketplaces for allegedly abusing their market dominance. While each piece of legislation has a differing likelihood of passing both chambers, they all ignore the benefits that online marketplaces provide to […]

Town Hall: U.S. Should Not Follow Europe’s Antitrust Approach

Given the shared desire in Washington and Brussels to rein in big tech, it seems almost inevitable that both governments will weaponize antitrust further to rein in big tech and score political points at home. Yet, while Europe is much further along in this process, particularly with the likely passage of the Digital Markets Act, […]

Inside Source: Congressional Bill Will Cripple Start-Up Ecosystem

Over the past two years, lawmakers in Washington have turned their attention to reforming competition and antitrust laws, concerned that big tech companies have abused their market position. One of the most troubling proposals currently under consideration is Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Ken Buck’s Platform Competition and Opportunity Act (PCOA) that, if passed, would prevent big tech companies […]

Tech Bill Could Harm Consumers and Small Businesses

In Washington’s continuing war on big tech, another proposal has emerged from the U.S. Senate that seeks to reform antitrust enforcement. Similarly to other proposals that emerged from the halls of Congress, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO), recently introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar, would not only serve to inflict substantial on the […]

Vertical Mergers and Acquisitions Can Provide Consumer Benefits

In July 2021, Biden’s administration authorized the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to amend vertical merger standards and make it more challenging for companies to merge with or acquire other companies. These measures are part of the White House’s goal to “reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to […]

Townhall: Senate Antitrust Bill Is Bad for Consumers and Small Businesses

For American consumers and big tech, the war against them continues. Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) that would significantly change America’s antitrust laws in a way that would profoundly harm consumers. AICOA’s proponents claim the bill would “restore competition online by […]