The Corner Newsletter, March 21, 2019: Open Markets Coalition Calls on FTC To Ban Noncompetes – UK Reports Fall Short of Fixes

Welcome to The Corner. In this issue, we cover our recent petition to the Federal Trade Commission, calling on it to ban non-compete clauses for all workers. We also discuss how a new report from the United Kingdom on digital competition falls short of actually addressing platform monopolists’ power.

March 21, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Open Markets, AFL-CIO, SEIU, and Over 60 Signatories Demand the FTC Ban Worker Non-Compete Clauses

The Open Markets Institute, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and over 60 other signatories — including labor organizations, public interest groups, and legal scholars — have filed a demand to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today to ban worker non-compete clauses.

March 20, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Rolling Stone: Monopoly Takes Center Stage in the National Conversation; Open Markets Made It Happen

Rolling Stone’s Andy Kroll has featured the Open Markets Institute in a new story about monopoly power’s rising presence on the political agenda, crediting Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn as the intellectual driving force.

March 12, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Open Markets Applauds Warren and Sanders For Taking a Clear Stand Against Monopolies

Open Markets applauds Senators Warren and Sanders for taking bold stances against monopolies this week as bipartisan momentum towards stronger antitrust enforcement in Congress continues to build.

March 8, 2019  |  by Open Markets
The Corner Newsletter, March 7, 2019: How to Challenge Vertical Mergers

Welcome to The Corner. In this issue, we show where the Justice Department went wrong in its challenge to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. We also highlight several works recently put out by Open Markets opposing monopoly power.

March 7, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Merger of Dominant Printers Poses Yet Another Threat to U.S. News Media; Open Markets Calls on Justice Department to Block Deal

Today, Open Markets has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the DOJ to block printer Quad/Graphics’ (Quad) plan to buy its biggest competitor, LSC Communications (LSC), for $1.4 billion. The letter, signed by Open Markets, the Authors Guild, PEN America, is addressed to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim.

March 6, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Open Markets Supports New England Residents’ Lawsuit Against Abuses by Dominant Utilities

The Open Markets Institute has filed an amicus brief in the First Circuit Court in the case Breiding v. Eversource Energy. In the brief, Open Markets supports a class-action lawsuit by New England residents against two vertically-integrated energy utility corporations, Eversource Energy and Avangrid.

March 5, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Former New York Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Sally Hubbard Joins Open Markets Institute as Director of Enforcement Strategy

Open Markets Institute is pleased to announce that Sally Hubbard, a highly regarded antitrust expert and former enforcer, is joining Open Markets as Director of Enforcement Strategy.

March 4, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Open Markets Amicus Brief Cited in AT&T/Time Warner D.C. Circuit Court Opinion

“We are disappointed by the D.C. Circuit’s decision to affirm the District Court’s ruling permitting AT&T to acquire Time Warner,” said Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan. Open Markets’ amicus brief was cited three times in the D.C. Circuit’s decision to allow AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.

March 1, 2019  |  by Open Markets
“Information Fiduciaries” Idea Won’t Fix Platform Monopolies, say Open Markets Fellow and Columbia Law Professor

Open Markets senior fellow Lina Khan and Columbia law professor David Pozen have published a new paper criticizing the idea that digital platforms should be treated as “information fiduciaries.”

February 26, 2019  |  by Open Markets

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