Antitrust Chief Jumps Into His Job

Posted by Wall Street Journal Meet Makan Delrahim, the Antitrust Chief Heading Up AT&T-Time Warner Lawsuit By Brent Kendall The Justice Department’s new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, needed just seven weeks to land himself in the middle of the biggest antitrust case in 20 years. Mr. Delrahim, confirmed by the Senate September 27, made the decision […]

Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality

Posted by The New York Times Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality By Tim Wu Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone […]

How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet

Posted by The Wall Street Journal How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet By Ajit Pai As millions flocked to the web for the first time in the 1990s, President Clinton and a Republican Congress decided “to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet.” In the Telecommunications Act […]

Economic Analysis of Network Effects and Intellectual Property

Posted by Social Science Research Network Economic Analysis of Network Effects and Intellectual Property By Peter S. Menell (University of California) Abstract:      The information revolution has brought demand-side effects to the fore of economic activity, business strategy, and intellectual property jurisprudence and policy. Intellectual property doctrines play a central role in harnessing network effects, […]

Needed: New Legal Ideas to Fight Megamergers

Posted by Bloomberg Needed: New Legal Ideas to Fight Megamergers By Joe Nocera Makan Delrahim, the new head of the US Justice Department’s antitrust division, made a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday, and the reporters who covered it all focused on one thing: Was he signaling that he was planning to block the […]

Why Mergers Like the AT&T-Time Warner Deal Should Go Through

Posted by Harvard Business Review Why Mergers Like the AT&T-Time Warner Deal Should Go Through By Larry Downes Recent leaked reports suggest trouble for the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, an $85 billion deal first announced over a year ago. Last Wednesday, government sources claimed the Department of Justice’s antitrust division was demanding that […]

‘Antitrust Is Law Enforcement, Not Regulation’

Posted by Bloomberg ‘Antitrust Is Law Enforcement, Not Regulation’ By Andrew Ross Sorkin The Justice Department hasn’t sued to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner — not yet, anyway. But its antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, has laid out the principles that would guide that lawsuit when, or if, it is filed. In short: He’s […]

Time Warner’s Floor? We May Be Standing on It

Posted by Bloomberg Time Warner’s Floor? We May Be Standing on It By Tara Lachapelle For any Time Warner investor — but especially merger arbitrageurs whose bets hinge on the company’s deal with AT&T succeeding — this is one ugly chart. Shares of the TV-network operator are trading almost as if there is no deal. Winter […]

Trump’s comments create a lose-lose position for Justice

Posted by Washington Post Trump’s comments create a lose-lose position for Justice PRESIDENT TRUMP’S disdain for CNN is no secret. He has repeatedly called it “fake news,” and he tweeted a video of himself attacking a CNN stand-in. Now, reports suggest the Justice Department may be pushing CNN’s owner Time Warner to sell the network as […]

How Google Perceives Customer Privacy, Cyber, E-Commerce, Political and Regulatory Compliance Risks

Posted by Social Science Research Network How Google Perceives Customer Privacy, Cyber, E-Commerce, Political and Regulatory Compliance Risks By Lawrence J. Trautman (Western Carolina University) Abstract:     By now, almost every business has an internet presence. What are the major risks perceived by those engaged in the universe of Internet businesses? What potential risks, if […]