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LINKS LIST https //www youtube com/watch?v=lIqjCKSOEq8 https //www youtube com/watch?v=H5gIG1rYkaE https://news.bloomberglaw.com/antitrust/u-s-abandons-four-year-antitrust-battle-against-qualcomm https://bocalaw.com/antitrust-lawsuit-filed-against-cell-phone-chip-supplier/ https //www cutimes com/2019/08/09/credit-union-faces-antitrust- claims/?slreturn=20210317090308#:~:text=Antitrust%20litigation%20against%20credit%20unions%20is%20rare.%20Sinc e,lawsuits%20filed%20in%20federal%20courts%20around%20the%20nation https //www cutimes.com/2020/05/12/credit-unions-sue-fico-for-alleged-antitrust-violations/ https //www gadgetsnow com/tech-news/how-antitrust-investigations-against-google-may-mean-good-news-for- these-small-companies/articleshow/78467050 cms https //www investopedia com/terms/s/sherman-antiturst-act asp https //www law com/ the legal intelligencer / almID /1202568550478& Tech_ Companys_ Antitrust_ Suit_ Against_ Cellphone_ Firms_Survives/?slreturn=20210504090059 https //www macrumors com/2021/03/29/ftc-abandons-antitrust- lawsuit/#:~:text=In%20May%202019%2C%20the%20FTC%20initially%20won%20its,on%20fair%2C%20reasonable%2C%20 and%20non-discriminatory%20or%20%22FRAND%22%20terms https://technology.findlaw.com/legal-software/eugene-crew-on-antitrust-impact-of-verizon-v-trinko.html https //www vox com/recode/2020/10/6/21505027/congress-big-tech-antitrust-report-facebook-google-amazon-apple- mark-zuckerberg-jeff-bezos-tim-cook https //web mit edu/thistle/www/v12/2/credit html INTRODUCTION - START HERE Video: Will The Department Of Justice Break Up Big Tech? What Is Anti Trust Law? Section 230 Pub Date: 2020/10/20 By Patrick Boyle https //www youtube com/watch?v=lIqjCKSOEq8 [Extracted from Internet on 2021/05/13] COMMENTS *From Vox: On insert below on Democrats fighting big companies like Amazon, etc. all this is fine and good, but given what we know about Democrat tendencies in other areas, including lawsuit slush funds and sending large amounts of dollars from large companies as “donations” to “social justice” platforms run by Democrats, we have to ask if something else is going. One possibility is an ongoing tendency to weaken an adversary through a process referred to as “softening” on this website - a planned and habitual form of destabilization - only to turn around and put in their own players who quickly take over the operation and turn it into their own type of totalitarian system. Democrats have those in their ranks who repeatedly display anticompetitive tendencies, in other words. We can still learn from the language and ideation of antitrust and anticompetition materials, as bits and pieces start to trickle in about what is actually going on and who the main players are. Whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or something else, sources for our growing information bank should be widespread and fluid. We can learn from old fights against monopolies in American history, and must start there. Then we likely should build on that to try to see how current anticompetitive operations look and feel like that old thing while coming to terms with what is different. In this process, we also likely will realize parts of the old monopoly break-ups apply, but given internationality* and multiplicity*, addended and modernized responses will likely be required. *When company factories and administrative offices span nations, we can be dealing with different sets of laws and cultural approaches. *It’s not just the main company we usually see, but all the companies that provide the parts, for example. We can ask: do together these inter-related companies operate as a monopoly in the market? ACTS Sherman Antitrust Act https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sherman-antiturst-act.asp Important groups FTC TOPICS INVOLVING ANTITRUST COMPUTERS Apple Marketwatch dot com 2021/03/26 Apple slapped with antitrust complaint in Germany over new iPhone privacy settings. By Jack Denton https //www marketwatch com/story/apple-slapped-with-antitrust-complaint-in-germany-over-new- iphone-privacy-settings-11619456399 INTERNET Google Youtube Video: Matt Stoller: DOJ To File Anti-Trust Against GOOGLE, Is This The End For Monopolies? PubDate: 2020/09/4 https //www youtube com/watch?v=H5gIG1rYkaE [Extracted from Internet on 2021/05/13] The Hill Research Director of The American Economic Liberties Project, Matt Stoller, discusses the latest reports that the DOJ plans to file an anti-trust lawsuit against Google as early as this month. MIT dot edu https //web mit edu/thistle/www/v12/2/credit html Gadgets Now dot com https //www gadgetsnow com/tech-news/how-antitrust-investigations-against-google-may-mean-good- news-for-these-small-companies/articleshow/78467050 cms CREDIT UNIONS CU Times 2019 Credit Union faces antitrust claims https //www cutimes com/2019/08/09/credit-union-faces-antitrust- claims/?slreturn=20210317090308#:~:text=Antitrust%20litigation%20against%20credit%20unions%20is%20rare.%2 0Since,lawsuits%20filed%20in%20federal%20courts%20around%20the%20nation 2020 Credit Unions sue FICO for alleged antitrust violations https://www.cutimes.com/2020/05/12/credit-unions-sue-fico-for-alleged-antitrust-violations/ CELL PHONES 911 Related Law dot com 2012/08/22 Tech Company's Antitrust Suit Against Cellphone Firms Survives Antitrust claims brought by a company that maintains a system for locating cellphones that have dialed 911 survived a motion to dismiss from several cellphone companies that favor a competing system. By Saranac Hale Spencer https //www law com/thelegalintelligencer/almID/1202568550478&Tech_Companys_Antitrust_Suit_Against_Cellphone_Firms_Survi ves/?slreturn=20210504090059 Excerpt: Antitrust claims brought by a company that maintains a system for locating cellphones that have dialed 911 survived a motion to dismiss from several cellphone companies that favor a competing system. U.S. District Senior Judge Robert F. Kelly of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that TruePosition, which brought the action, satisfied the requirements to bring a Section 1 Sherman Act violation suit after it filed an amended complaint. It made extensive allegations https //www law com/thelegalintelligencer/almID/1202568550478&Tech_Companys_Antitrust_Suit_Against_Cellphone_Firms_Survi ves/?slreturn=20210504090059 Chip Suppliers Qualcomm Antitrust Case (It appears to have been dismissed) Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Cell phone Chip Supplier https //bocalaw com/antitrust-lawsuit-filed-against-cell-phone-chip-supplier/ Excerpt: Note this is a private law firm. n January 17th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm (QCOM), the lead supplier of chips used by our mobile phones. The company has been accused of conducting a monopoly in the market via their patent-licensing terms with phone partners.; specifically, of strong-arming Apple into using its product in iPhones by lowering the associated patent-licensing fees. Macrumors 2021/03/29 FTC abandons lawsuit against Qualcomm By Juli Clover https //www macrumors com/2021/03/29/ftc-abandons-antitrust- lawsuit/#:~:text=In%20May%202019%2C%20the%20FTC%20initially%20won%20its,on%20fair%2C%20reason able%2C%20and%20non-discriminatory%20or%20%22FRAND%22%20terms Excerpt: The United States Federal Trade Commission is abandoning its antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, reports Bloomberg. The FTC will not seek a Supreme Court review of a 2020 federal appeals court decision that determined that Qualcomm's licensing practices are fair and not anticompetitive. Mobile Phone Class Action dot com NOTICE TO POTENTIAL CLASS MEMBERS: If You Have Purchased A Cellular Phone Since February 11, 2011, A Class Action Lawsuit May Affect Your Rights. https //www mobilephoneclassaction com/ Excerpt: A lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (the “District Court”) against Qualcomm Incorporated (“Qualcomm”). Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Qualcomm violated state and federal antitrust laws in the United States, harming competition and causing consumers to overpay for cellular phones. The case in the District Court is currently stayed pending an Appeal to the Ninth Circuit on the decision to certify a class. The lawsuit is about whether Qualcomm engaged in anticompetitive conduct that raised the price consumers paid for cellular phones. The cellular phones involved in this litigation include phones with CDMA and LTE technologies. This includes cellular phones manufactured and sold by companies such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and ZTE. A list of all models of cellular phones included in this litigation is available here. On September 27, 2018, the District Court determined that this case could proceed as a class action. Qualcomm appealed the District Court’s decision to certify this case to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit heard oral argument on Qualcomm’s appeal on December 2, 2019, and the Ninth Circuit has not yet issued a ruling on the appeal. The District Court case is stayed pending the Ninth Circuit appeal. https //www mobilephoneclassaction com/ [Extracted from Internet on 2021/06/04] Four Main Anticompetitive Companies: One Report Vox dot com 2020/10/06 The Big Tech antitrust report has one big conclusion: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are anti- competitive: The report scrutinizes the ways the four biggest tech companies have amassed enormous market power. By Shirin Ghaffary and Jason Del Rey https //www vox com/recode/2020/10/6/21505027/congress-big-tech-antitrust-report-facebook-google-amazon- apple-mark-zuckerberg-jeff-bezos-tim-cook Excerpt: A long-awaited report from top Democratic (*See Comments) congressional lawmakers about the dominance of the four biggest tech giants had a clear message on Tuesday: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google engage in a range of anti-competitive behavior, and US antitrust laws need an overhaul to allow for more competition in the US internet economy. “To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the report’s introduction states. The 400-plus page report, written by the majority staff of the Democratic members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, is the result of a 16-month investigation into whether these corporate giants abuse their power, and whether the country’s antitrust laws need to be reworked to rein them in. The report released Tuesday cites numerous examples of each tech titan engaging in acts that the lawmakers believe have hurt innovation and impede competition. While the anti- competitive behaviors cited vary from company to company, they are all linked by the allegation that the four giants abuse their gatekeeper status in various internet industries to secure and grow their market power in those sectors and others. So what’s the solution? The report recommends creating new laws that would potentially break up tech companies and make it harder for them to pursue acquisitions; it also calls for clarifying existing antitrust laws with the goal of making them easier to enforce, particularly for tech companies. For now, the report’s recommendations are only high-level guidance to Congress for potential future legislation; it won’t lead to immediate action against these companies. Updates: 2021/06/04 added resources incl. Vox-2020/10/06 Macrumors, Bocalaw; etc 2021/05/27 Antitrust page started
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