Antitrust Focus on Consumer Welfare and Low Prices

Market power is not the US law’s criterion for antitrust prosecution. In a Yale Law Journal article, Lina Kahn laments that “the current framework in antitrust—specifically its pegging competition to “consumer welfare,” defined as short-term price effects—is unequipped to capture the architecture of market power in the modern economy.” Moreover, “current doctrine underappreciates the risk […]

ConsumerGram: Reregulating Railroads is the Wrong Track for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research announces the release of its newest ConsumerGram, outlining the importance of freight rail and how reregulating the industry would be detrimental to American consumers. Prior to 1980, the financial viability of the rail industry was threatened by overly-burdensome regulations that drove-up operating costs and increased the […]

The Hill Congressional Blog: ACI on Problems with Patent Pools

A piece — written by Steve Pociask of ACI in today’s Hill Congressional Blog — discusses how some patent pools are increasing the price consumers pay for electronic goods.  To read the full piece visit — http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/199591-a-patented-consumer-rip-off.

Ink Scam!

Controlling the Price of Ink – What Can Consumers Do? Study Finds Consumers Overcharged for Inkjet Cartridges   A recent study by the American Consumer Institute looked at the inkjet printer and ink cartridge market and found that consumers are losing billions of dollars due to overpriced ink.  Because consumers are not given sufficient information […]