The Dangers of Politicizing Antitrust – with Joshua Wright

The desire of both conservatives and liberals to use antitrust to resolve a slew of political issues with big tech displays a profound misunderstanding of what antitrust regulation is, its role in protecting consumer welfare, and guaranteeing a competitive market. This podcast episode explores these issues with Joshua Wright, law professor at George Mason University, […]

New Podcast Episode: Antitrust, the Consumer Welfare Standard, and Big Tech

The Consumer Welfare Standard (CWS) has been the bedrock of U.S. antitrust law for the past several decades. Today, there seems to be a bipartisan consensus that Washington should act to rein in big tech’s perceived power. In supporting antitrust actions against big tech, policymakers on both the left and right are trying to delegitimize […]

Use and Abuse of Antitrust Law

Antitrust is a unique issue in modern American politics. In an era of deep political polarization, there is a bipartisan consensus that Washington should act to rein in big tech’s perceived power. While conservatives argue big tech has a liberal bias and are censoring their speech online, liberals contend that big tech has amassed too […]

Why the Consumer Welfare Standard Must Remain the Bedrock of U.S. Antitrust Law

Antitrust rarely dominates political discourse. Yet, it has recently become an issue that holds bipartisan support and has entered mainstream political conversations after a series of federal suits against Facebook, Google, and Visa. Additional antitrust suits are expected in 2021 as pressure ramps up on politicians and federal agencies to prosecute big tech for alleged […]

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

CALERA shows a misunderstanding of the current state of the big tech industry; and second, the bill fails to consider the numerous consumer benefits large tech companies have brought to U.S. consumers. Failing to place consumers at the heart of antitrust reform means any proposals can have significant long-term repercussions for the group antitrust law […]

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 […]