WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Critics of Google, fearing that an antitrust investigation into the search giant by the Federal Trade Commission will not produce a strong conclusion, may be ready to take their grievances next to the Justice Department.
At least one Google adversary met with Justice Department officials recently, pressing them to investigate, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A Republican law professor
nominated to the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday he
would recuse himself from the agency’s investigations into
Google for two years to avoid any possible conflicts of
The FTC is investigating Google for allegedly breaking
antitrust law, although the probe could well be done before
Joshua Wright is confirmed to the commission.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators will question nominees to the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday in a confirmation hearing expected to touch on some of the most critical issues affecting high technology companies.
Economist and law school professor Joshua Wright has been nominated to the FTC as a Republican. The agency has been investigating search engine giant Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for months because of allegations it broke antitrust law, and is thought to be getting close to a decision.
WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Federal regulators
investigating Google for a range of accusations of
antitrust violations took a stand this week on how to handle a
type of patent similar to ones in the Google case, but also
exposed a rift between regulators on how to proceed.
The disagreement focuses on whether the Federal Trade
Commission can use its power to enforce rules against unfair
competition in pursuing companies which ask for sales
injunctions against rivals because of allegations that their
so-called standard essential patents (SEP) have been infringed.
WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Upstart Internet search
engine DuckDuckGo, which promotes itself as a Google Inc
rival which does not track users’ personal information,
says it is being hurt by the search giant which is being
investigated by U.S. regulators.
The Federal Trade Commission has been examining allegations
by Google critics that the company breaks antitrust laws by
using its power in the market to smother competitors.
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade
Commission will review a judge’s decision which found that Apple
did not violate patents owned by Samsung Electronics
in making the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
An administrative law judge at the ITC had said in a
preliminary ruling in September that Apple was innocent of
violating the patents. The ITC, which could have opted to simply
uphold the judge’s decision, said that it would take up the
matter. A final decision is expected in January.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edwards Lifesciences LLC Corp won a round in a patent fight with Medtronic Inc’s CoreValve unit on Tuesday as a federal appeals court upheld a $74 million lower court judgment involving infringement of patented heart valve technology.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Tuesday it was upholding a decision by a federal court in Delaware that Medtronic’s device infringed a patent owned by Edwards. The court awarded $74 million in lost profits and royalties.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The acting head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Joseph Wayland, will step down as of November 16, a department spokeswoman said on Thursday.
No one has been named to be the acting assistant attorney general for antitrust, said the spokeswoman, Gina Talamona.
WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The acting head of the U.S.
Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Joseph Wayland, will
step down as of Nov. 16, a department spokeswoman said on
No one has been named to be the acting assistant attorney
general for antitrust, said the spokeswoman, Gina Talamona.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some U.S. craft brewers are uneasy about plans by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to buy out Mexican beer maker Grupo Modelo (GMODELOC.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), fearing the giant’s increased power could make it harder for them to hitch a ride on delivery trucks to stores and pubs.
Brewers, as well as beer wholesalers and members of Congress, have been quietly taking this concern and others to the Justice Department, which is investigating whether the $20.1 billion deal complies with antitrust law. The department has given no sign of being ready to make a decision.