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Open Markets Exposes Monopolization of Repair Markets in Comment to FTC

“​Corporations are using dirty tricks to control and restrict repair in virtually every industry, from consumer electronics and appliances, to agriculture, even the military,” said Claire Kelloway, Open Markets Food and Power reporter. “The FTC has the authority to break up these repair monopolies, ​and we hope the​y step in to do what’s right for consumers, small businesses, and the planet.”

September 16, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Files Amicus Brief in Support of Immigrants Fighting for Competitive Wages

“We believe that the plaintiffs have shown the existence of a collusive agreement among the ranchers and that the panel’s decision is bad law and threatens to encourage other employer cartels,” said Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan.

September 16, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Court Decision Against Peruvian Shepherds Sets Dangerous Precedent for U.S. Workers

In 2015, a group of Peruvian shepherds working for sheep ranchers in the western U.S. filed an antitrust suit alleging that the ranchers had colluded to hold down wages and avoid competing for labor. A judge initially dismissed the case and a three-judge panel on the Tenth Circuit agreed this July. The plaintiffs petitioned for another chance at their day in court. Open Markets Food & Power reporter Claire Kelloway asserts that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s recent decision sets a precedent that, if adopted by other courts, could legalize cartel activity across the entire economy against both workers and consumers.

September 12, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Condemns DOJ’s Sham “Investigation” Into Automaker Emission Standards

“This is the latest in a series of DOJ actions that threaten the legitimacy of the antitrust laws and suggest the Antitrust Division, led by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, is serving as an instrument of the White House,” said Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan.

September 11, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Applauds State Attorneys General Historic Bipartisan Investigation into Google

“We applaud the 50 attorneys general for taking this unprecedented stand against Big Tech by uniting to investigate Google’s destruction of competition in search and advertising,” said Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy in a statement. “Today’s announcement marks the start of a new era.”

September 9, 2019  |  by Open Markets

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The Open Markets Institute uses journalism to promote greater awareness of the political and economic dangers of monopolization, identifies the changes in policy and law that cleared the way for such consolidation, and fosters discussions with policymakers and citizens as to how to update America’s traditional political economic principles for our 21st century digital society.

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Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. Due to extreme concentrations of wealth and political power, our country is experiencing severe economic inequality, stagnant household income, the collapse of business formation and innovation, and historic levels of political polarization. Our Concentration Crisis Report shows that such concentration is not unique to one or two economic sectors. It is persistent across a diverse range of industries.