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OMI Joins EPIC and Civil Society Groups in Letter to EU Commissioner for Competition

Date Published: July 18, 2018
For Immediate Release: July 18, 2018
Contact: Mckenzie Jones at [email protected]
Open Markets Institute Joins EPIC and Civil Society Groups in Encouraging EU Competition Commissioner to Move More Swiftly on Google
Washington, DC – This morning, the Open Markets Institute joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, and Fight for the Future in the release of the following letter to EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.
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Open Markets Statement on AT&T/Time Warner Decision

Date Published: June 12, 2018

In response to Judge Richard Leon’s decision in the AT&T/Time Warner case today, the Open Markets Institute has released the following statement:

Earlier today, Judge Richard Leon permitted the mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner to proceed. The decision is a big loss for the public. The vertical integration between a distributor – AT&T – and a creator of entertainment – Time Warner –  paves the way for an even more concentrated and closed telecommunications industry.

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Supreme Court Gives Business a Big Win Over Workers

Date Published: May 21, 2018

Today the Supreme Court tilted the competitive playing field away from honest businesses and towards abusive ones. The court decided that employers who use forced arbitration clauses can block worker class actions, depriving employees of their right to band together to access the justice system. Today’s decision means big employers can steal wages, unlawfully discriminate and harass, and violate workplace rights with impunity.

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Open Markets Condemns Amazon Plan to Buy Whole Foods

Date Published: June 16, 2017

The following statement can be attributed to Barry C. Lynn, Director of the Open Markets Program at New America:

Amazon announced today that it wants to buy grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. If approved by regulators, the deal would worsen the already severe damage that Amazon is doing to America’s competitive, open market system.

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America’s Concentration Crisis: An Open Markets Institute Report

Date Published: November 29, 2018

Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. When we purchase everything from washing machines to groceries, website domains to medical supplies, and even when we select a coffin for a recently deceased loved one, we are constrained by the small set of actors who increasingly control America’s commerce.

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Open Markets Files Amicus Brief to US Supreme Court in Support of Petitioner in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailer Association v. Byrd

Date Published: November 20, 2018

“Government—federal, state, and local—constructs and structures markets. All markets therefore reflect the political and moral concerns of the sovereign of the state, which in this case is the people of the United States expressing their wishes through an amendment to the Constitution,” writes the Open Markets Institute in its amicus brief in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd. Read the full brief here.

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Freedom from Facebook’s Complaint to the FTC

Date Published: November 15, 2018

On September 28, 2018, Facebook, Inc. announced that 50 million users had been compromised in a massive data breach that put their entire accounts in the hands of unknown rogue actors. An additional 40 million users also had their accounts reset due to uncertainty about the scope of the breach.

While Facebook, Inc. has released few details about the attack, it is clear that virtually all the information users provided to Facebook, Inc.

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Open Markets Calls on International Trade Commission to Check Qualcomm’s Monopoly Power

Date Published: November 8, 2018

The Open Markets Institute co-signed a letter written by Public Knowledge calling on the International Trade Commission to uphold an administrative law judge’s decision to reject Qualcomm’s request to ban certain iPhone models from American markets. Qualcomm claims that these models use baseband technology from competitor Intel and infringes on Qualcomm’s patents.

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Speech by Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn at 5th UNl Global Union

Date Published: June 20, 2018

“We are not consumers, as they define us. We are not mere seekers of stuff, as they define us. We are not even merely workers, fighting merely for workers rights, as they define us.
We are Citizens, and we seek nothing more, nor less, than a Citizen’s Liberty. Liberty to think freely. To share equally in all rule. To own our own selves absolutely.”

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Open Markets Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding H.R. 5645

Date Published: May 9, 2018

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi,

We write to express concern about H.R. 5645—Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018. After close review, the Open Markets Institute has concluded that the bill would dangerously reduce the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to protect American citizens from concentrations of power that threaten them politically and economically. Worse, it would do so exactly at a moment when we need a stronger and more active FTC. A broad, bi-partisan consensus acknowledges that America has a big monopoly problem.

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Open Markets Letter to FTC regarding Facebook

Date Published: October 31, 2017

Dear Acting-Chair Ohlhausen:

We are writing to request that the Federal Trade Commission conduct a thorough review of Facebook’s dominance in social networking and online advertising; assess the hazards that this dominance poses to commerce and competition, basic democratic institutions, and national security; and issue recommendations on how to address these threats. Until this review is complete, we ask that your agency adopt a presumptive ban on all acquisitions by Facebook.

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