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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FTC and the States Square Off Against Facebook

Following a year of active antitrust suits that has seen the Department of Justice sue Google and Visa, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 states have turned their attention to Facebook, alleging the company “willfully maintained its monopoly power through its course of anticompetitive acquisitions” of WhatsApp and Instagram. Despite the FTC’s present objections, […]

DOJ Should Not Follow in Europe’s Footsteps

Throughout 2020, the federal government and the U.S. Congress have been investigating and suing big tech companies for violating outdated antitrust statutes that date back to the 1890s and erroneously presume big is bad. First, the House Judiciary Committee released its long-awaited report calling for the structural separation of big tech companies, and then the […]

VIDEO: Perspectives on the Future of Antitrust in the U.S.

Antitrust has become a very hot topic and it seems that antitrust law appears to be at a crossroads. What is the state of antitrust policy today, and what changes or developments should we expect in the future?  Speakers:• Thibault Schrepel, Assistant Professor at Utrecht University School of Law and a Faculty Affiliate at Stanford […]

Audio: An Interview with a Former FTC Commissioner on Why We Need to Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy

There are concerns that leading technology companies are too powerful and have too much market share, thus making them inherently dangerous and harmful to consumers, have led to growing calls to break up big tech companies and to abandon the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy. Today, Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research […]

The DOJ Antitrust Case Against Google: A Recap

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has finally released its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, alleging the company routinely engaged in “anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend” its monopoly status at the expense of consumer welfare and competition. The anti-trust suit follows the Trump administration’s desire to rein in big tech companies that it argues have […]

Upcoming Webinar: Why We Need to Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy

Wednesday, October 21st — 12:00 to 12:30 (EST) Concerns that leading technology companies are too powerful and have too much market share, thus making them inherently dangerous and harmful to consumers, have led to growing calls to break up big tech companies and to abandon the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy. Join the […]

House Committee Report Seeks to Weaponize Antitrust Laws Against U.S. Tech

Yesterday, the majority staff at the House Judiciary Committee released a report on its investigation of competition in the digital market, recommending major changes to our longstanding antitrust laws.   The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at the American Consumer Institute: “The newly released 449-page antitrust report […]