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Open Markets Applauds Federal Court Ruling Against Qualcomm, a Victory Against Monopoly Power

Open Markets Institute applauds the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh siding with the Federal Trade Commission against Qualcomm in a major antitrust suit.

May 22, 2019  |  by Open Markets
In Apple v. Pepper, Supreme Court Deals Surprising Blow to “Bottleneck Monopolies”

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that iPhone users could bring a class action lawsuit against Apple alleging that it monopolized the sale of apps. In his surprising majority opinion for the Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by the four more liberal Justices, reaffirmed antitrust law’s longstanding purpose of protecting the producer of a good or service from the power of monopolies. This was in sharp contrast to most recent practice, in which enforcers and the judiciary have focused largely on harms to consumers.

May 20, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Calls on DOJ to Block Slaughterhouse Roll Up

As lawmakers’ calls to break up big agribusiness monopolies grow, Open Markets, Food & Water Watch and the Organization for Competitive Markets called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the proposed acquisition of Iowa Premium by National Beef.

May 15, 2019  |  by Open Markets
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Open Markets Applauds Supreme Court in Apple v. Pepper

“This is an important win in the public’s fight against monopoly in the tech sector and elsewhere,” said Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan. “The Court followed its own precedent and the plain text of the Clayton Act and rejected Apple’s specious attempt to exempt itself and other monopolists from consumer antitrust suits for damages.”

May 13, 2019  |  by Open Markets
Black Farmers Association Opposes BB&T and SunTrust Bank Merger

In a recent letter to government regulators, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) argues that the proposed $66 billion takeover of SunTrust by BB&T will harm “rural and economically disadvantaged areas.” In the letter, the NBFA said the takeover will result in fewer rural branches, less competition in the regions where many of their members farm, and cuts in staff and services, particularly those dedicated to anti-discrimination compliance oversight.

May 13, 2019  |  by Open Markets

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