WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, which opposes the proposed Comcast deal to buy rival Time Warner Cable Inc, on Thursday outlined the ways it thinks competition will be hurt if the merger goes ahead, most notably in the extraction of “arbitrary tolls.”
The popular video streaming service responded in a letter to Senator Al Franken, a vocal critic of the deal, saying a combined Comcast and TWC, would mean video providers pay more to get their movies and television shows into viewers’ living rooms.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an unusual move, three top officials with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors Inc, from selling their automobiles directly to consumers.
Laws that ban car manufacturers from selling their own products are “bad policy” and outdated, the FTC officials said in a blog post. Such laws are currently in place in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who placed a $1 billion bet against Herbalife, said that he had promised a former Herbalife executive who became a whistleblower against the company up to $3.6 million, ABC News reported on Tuesday.
ABC said on its website that Ackman’s payments would come if Giovanni Bohorquez, the former executive, lost the job he took after leaving Herbalife.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled a lawyer for Coca-Cola Co on Monday, asking why a juice label touting the presence of pomegranates and blueberries should not be considered misleading if the drink contained just a trace of the fruits.
Coca-Cola argued that it could not be sued over the labeling of one of its Minute Maid juice products because the label complies with rules of the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees some aspects of labeling for processed foods and drinks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman on Wednesday urged Comcast Corp to extend its commitment to Internet neutrality beyond 2018 as the cable company’s executive reassured lawmakers the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc would not hurt consumers.
Executives from the two largest U.S. cable providers faced the first public hearing about their proposed $45.2 billion deal, reiterating that the merger would not eliminate any choices for consumers as the two carriers do not directly compete with each other anywhere in the country.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are expected to defend their plan to merge as they go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the first hearing since the $45.2-billion deal was announced in February.
The proposed merger has stirred the ire of public interest groups who worry that a bigger Comcast would have too much clout over fast-growing broadband, free rein to raise cable rates and more power over what Americans watch on television.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Veria Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria’s CEO told Reuters.
Veria chief Eric Sherman said he and other company executives met with nine Justice Department antitrust attorneys, including two trial attorneys, on March 10 for nearly 90 minutes after Veria contacted the department.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – Executives from Veria
Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with
Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast
deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was
formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria’s CEO told
Veria chief Eric Sherman said he and other company
executives met with nine Justice Department antitrust attorneys,
including two trial attorneys, on March 10 for nearly 90 minutes
after Veria contacted the department.
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – U.S. senators seeking to
curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a “loser pays”
amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of
becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.
The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover
winners’ legal bills, and is expected to deter prolonged,
frivolous and vexatious litigation. Such measures have been
pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc
and Apple Inc.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, Florida said in a statement to Reuters.
“We are part of a multistate group reviewing the proposed transaction along with the U.S. DOJ (Justice Department) Antitrust Division,” the Florida state attorney general’s office said in an emailed statement.