WASHINGTON, DC – As Google faces potential antitrust action in Europe for abuse of its dominance in the search market, along with an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) , as well as the recent decision by the FTC to levy the largest fine against a private company, for knowingly bypassing privacy settings […]

Google Hiring a dozen Lobbying Firms — Hill Blog Quotes ACI

Gautham Nagesh wrote an excellent blog today on the breaking news that Google has hiring a dozen more lobbying firms to prepare for its FTC antitrust investigation (“Google Hiring 12 Lobbying Firms as FTC Readies Antitrust Probe,” Hillicon Valley tech blog, The Hill, July 1, 2011.  The article quotes ACI’s president as saying: “Google is so dominant that […]

Searching For Answers – FTC to Take a Look at Google

According to many news reports, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized its plans to ramp up an ongoing investigation into search engine giant Google. The Commission has some antitrust concerns surrounding Google’s search engine rankings and advertisements. The Wall Street Journal broke the story Thursday morning. According to the report, the FTC investigation will […]

ACI Applauds FTC Investigation into Google Practices

Washington, DC, June 23, 2011 –– In response to news reports that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be issuing subpoenas in connection with an antitrust probe, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, made the following statement:   “”News reports that the FTC plans to conduct a probe of Google’s antitrust practices is […]

ACI Urges Google Leadership to Testify Before U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee

Washington, DC, June 22, 2011 –– In response to news reports that U.S. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Lee (R-UT), the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee (respectively), requested that Google CEO Larry Page or Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testify before their committee.  Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer […]

Judge Throws the Book and Rejects Google’s Book Settlement Deal

Earlier this afternoon, a New York federal district court struck down a settlement Google had brokered with the Author’s Guild over its digitization of books.  The settlement would have allowed Google to continue the scanning and digitizing books, and simply paying a fine for its copyright infringement. The settlement went “too far” however, in the […]

ACI Applauds Judge’s Decision to Reject Google Books Settlement

In response to Judge Chin’s decision announced today to reject the Google Books Settlement, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute released the following statement:   “We applaud Judge Chin’s decision to reject this settlement as it would have given the most dominant online firm a significant advantage over its rivals and online book […]

Traveling to Online Market Dominance

Google’s intent to acquire ITA Software, the airline flight database company, poses unhealthy risks for consumers.  Google’s financial depth and technical breadth are highly relevant, and the Department of Justice should be concerned.  Google’s search service dominates the consumer Internet search market with over 80% share and growing.  Bolstered by 3rd quarter 2010 revenues of $7.286 […]