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Medium: Why the FTC Is Going After Big Razor — Instead of Big Tech

Date Published: February 5, 2020

Medium’s Steve LeVine discusses what the FTC decision to sue to stop Edgewell from buying Harry’s means for the future of mergers. He notes that the FTC is making this move after four decades of passivity regarding anti-trust enforcement. Open Markets Legal Director, Sandeep Vaheesan, responds “[h]opefully this is the start of a revival of merger law” and that “the razor market is a good example of how concentration is found in unexciting, mundane parts of the economy, too.”

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Miami Herald: South Fla. hospital chains and insurers are getting bigger. Is that good for patients?

Date Published: January 21, 2020

Open Markets Policy Director Phil Longman commented to the Miami Herald on hospital chains and insurers in South Florida and whether growing consolidation is good for patients. “Sometimes, through consolidation, you get real economies of scale: better coordination, integration of care,” Longman said. “But experience has shown that whatever cost savings result are generally not shared with consumers.”

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The Washington Post: Pelosi’s Facebook slam reflects rising tensions between social media giant and Democrats

Date Published: January 17, 2020

Sally Hubbard spoke to The Washington Post about how it’s important for CEOs from the biggest tech firms to testify before Congress amid the big tech probe taking place by the House Antitrust Subcommittee. “I think it’s important for the CEOs to appear in a public hearing to make clear they are accountable to our democratically-elected representatives and to the American public,” she said.

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The Washington Post: Smaller companies taking a risk as they challenge Big Tech in hearing

Date Published: January 16, 2020

Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard spoke to The Washington Post about why smaller technology companies have not been more outspoken regarding the anti-competitive practices of larger technology companies ahead of a House Antitrust Subcommittee field hearing taking place in Colorado where smaller tech firm leaders will have an opportunity to testify. “We don’t often hear from those entrepreneurs because they can’t afford to speak out, we haven’t had a look under the hood of these companies,” Hubbard said.

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Associated Press: Insider Q&A – Antitrust expert looks for strong enforcement

Date Published: January 12, 2020

Associated Press Reporter Marcy Gordon sits down and interviews Open Markets Director of Enforcement Strategy Sally Hubbard about her take on the need for greater antitrust enforcement. With the biggest tech companies under government investigation for alleged anti-competitive conduct, her analysis speaks to an issue of growing urgency.

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The American Prospect: Silicon Valley’s Big Apple Gambit

Date Published: January 10, 2020

The Prospect’s Dave Dayen writes that the four biggest tech firms are all opening offices in a very specific section of Manhattan, which happens to be the home district of one of their chief antagonists in Washington. “It’s very concerning,” Sally Hubbard, director of enforcement strategy at the Open Markets Institute told him. “[Nadler] is one of the members of Congress who’s on this issue and doing something about it. That’s 20,000 new voters in his district that are employees of the industry he’s trying to rein in.”

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