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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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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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In America today, wealth and political power are more concentrated than at any point in our country’s history.

The Open Markets Institute, formerly the Open Markets program at New America, was founded to protect liberty and democracy from these extreme -- and growing -- concentrations of private power.

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