Antitrust

17 Jun

American Booksellers Association’s National “Boxed Out” Campaign Returns as Antitrust Legal Action Heats Up in Time for Amazon’s Prime Day

Amazon is marketing its Prime Day event as two days of “epic deals,” but ABA’s #BoxedOut campaign is returning to talk about what’s at stake.

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17 Mar
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ABA Releases Report Detailing Amazon’s Anti-competitive Behavior

ABA makes the case for investigating Amazon for antitrust violations, concluding that it is best for the country’s economy and its consumers that Amazon be broken up into at least four autonomous companies: retail, e-commerce marketplace platform, web services, and logistics. 

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16 Feb
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Join ABA and Rep. Cicilline for an Antitrust Webinar on February 22

The event, “Reining in Monopoly Power: Small Businesses and the Push to Strengthen Antitrust Laws,” is an opportunity for booksellers to learn about recent antitrust updates and participate in a live Q&A.

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09 Feb
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Register Now for Antitrust Webinar With Rep. Cicilline

Booksellers are encouraged to register for an upcoming antitrust webinar with Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, on Monday, February 22.

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02 Feb
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Join ABA for a February 22 Antitrust Webinar With Rep. Cicilline

“Reining in Monopoly Power: Small Businesses and the Push to Strengthen Antitrust Laws” is an opportunity for booksellers to learn about recent antitrust updates and participate in a live Q&A.

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25 Nov
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ABA to Call on Justice Department to Challenge Penguin Random House Purchase of Simon & Schuster

“The announcement today that Penguin Random House, the biggest of the Big 5 publishers, is buying Simon & Schuster is alarming,” says ABA CEO Allison Hill.

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03 Nov
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance Launches Independent Business Petition to Congress

The petition focuses on Amazon’s disproportionate impact on the independent business community, saying, “Amazon’s predatory tactics threaten our existence.”

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07 Oct
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House Antitrust Subcommittee Releases Long-Awaited Big Tech Report

The subcommittee proposed changes to antitrust law to rein in Big Tech’s power. Among additional recommendations were ways to make it easier to go after dominant platforms for predatory pricing.

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04 Aug

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Testifies Before House Antitrust Committee

In the aftermath of the hearing, attorneys general from California and New York are partnering with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s online marketplace. 

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06 May
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House Judiciary Committee Calls on Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Testify

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon used sensitive business information from individual third-party sellers on its platform to inform the development of Amazon’s own competing products. 

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27 Nov
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Sign-up Underway for Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

A panel of speakers will look at the growing monopoly power in the retailing and tech sector, with a focus on the extraordinary market dominance of Amazon.

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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19 Nov

American Conservative, American Prospect Hold Bipartisan Antitrust Event

Three of the main themes discussed were: the U.S. government has failed to address monopolies; simply fining companies for wrongdoings does not go far enough; and monopolies impact nearly every industry.

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05 Nov

Ohio State Senate Holds Antitrust Hearings

The Ohio State Senate Judiciary Committee held two hearings in October to discuss updating the state’s antitrust law. The hearings featured prominent antitrust advocates and experts, including Barry Lynn of Open Markets Institute and David Chavern of News Media Alliance.

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31 Oct
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Sign Up for ABA’s Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the Antitrust Symposium, to be held January 21, sold out within 24 hours; based on the high demand, ABA is growing the program so more booksellers can attend.

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