Real Clear Policy: Empowering States Won’t Help Consumers

While advocates of the State Venue Enforcement Act claim it will ensure fairness, they fail to consider how the bill will empower attorneys general to weaponize antitrust laws to satisfy partisan desires and force big tech platforms into expensive lawsuits that will hamper innovation and potentially force them to charge more for goods and services. […]

Inside Sources: House Bill Will Kill The Tech Ecosystem

When considering whether larger companies should be allowed to acquire smaller competitors, lawmakers should abandon the immediate presumption that “big is bad.” Instead, they should understand that acquisitions can support innovation, the broader economy, consumer welfare, and a competitive marketplace. Instead of deferring to a “big is bad” mentality, policymakers should recognize this reality and […]

A Bad Week for Trustbusters Means a Good Week for Consumers

Self-proclaimed trustbusters have not had a good week. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) much-publicized lawsuit calling for the break-up of Facebook was thrown out, as was the antitrust suit filed by New York and 45 other states. For consumers, the dismissal of both lawsuits is a positive, albeit temporary, step in the right direction of ensuring consumers can […]

The Economic Standard: FTC Decision Makes Consumers the Big Losers

To retitle the familiar song by Prince, it now appears the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is going to “party like it’s 1914.” The well-known consumer welfare standard – the principle that has focused antitrust enforcement onto whether consumers are harmed – is getting shelved by the FTC (“FTC Votes to Broaden Enforcement Power, WSJ, July […]

Real Clear Policy: Antitrust Bill Will Undermine Competition and Consumer Choice

The introduction of the EPM Act is just another sign that legislators in Washington fail to understand the competitive nature of the tech marketplace and that the scope of antitrust law should always prioritize consumer welfare. Prohibiting tech companies from engaging in new lines of business, and thereby undermining competition and the incentive to innovate, […]

The Economic Standard: Washington’s War on Big Tech Continues

In an era of deep political divisions, no issue unifies Republicans and Democrats quite like punishing big tech. In the last twelve months, Senate Democrats and Republicans have released their own punitive proposals to reform America’s antitrust law. Additionally, Democrats in the House of Representatives just published a 450-page report on competition in digital markets that proposed reforms to “address anticompetitive […]

Real Clear Policy: Washington Shouldn’t Follow Europe’s Crackdown on Big Tech

When it comes to antitrust reforms, it should be abundantly clear that following Europe’s punitive, heavy-handed approach to antitrust will leave consumers with limited access to cheaper products, limited consumer access for small businesses, and a stagnant economy. For these reasons alone, lawmakers in Washington should not be looking to Brussels for guidance on future […]

DC Should Prioritize Consumers, Not Big is Bad

On May 25, Washington D.C.’s Attorney General, Karl A. Racine, announced he filed a lawsuit against the tech giant Amazon for allegedly violating the district’s antitrust laws. In the press release following the filing, Racine claimed Amazon’s practices were “harming competition, stifling innovation, and illegally tilting the playing field in its favor.” Unfortunately for consumers […]

Antitrust Explainer

A package of five bills is set to be introduced by Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee. These bills seek to fundamentally change how the federal government approaches big tech and are being released at a time when Republicans and Democrats seek to reign in big tech and its influence. Rather than employing the consumer […]

Inside Sources: Klobuchar’s Antitrust Bill Reveals Lack of Understanding of Today’s Big Tech Economy

While legislators will undoubtedly continue their attacks on big tech into the foreseeable future, it is clear that Klobuchar’s bill is underpinned by a flawed understanding of the tech industry’s current state, the consumer benefits that tech companies generate, and the support they have provided to small businesses. These factors alone should be enough to […]