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News Story
9/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile, bringing into high relief the debate over whether corporations or consumers matter more as the U.S. struggles through an economic downturn. AT&T has said that the proposed $39 billion merger between the nation's No.2 and No.4 mobile...
News Release
8/31/2011
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog applauded the U.S. Justice Department today for filing a civil antitrust complaint to block the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, calling it a victory for cell phone consumers, and urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject the deal as well. Earlier this month, Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter to the U.S...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Did AT&T really think we’d fall for its broken record promises that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would help consumers? Just a few weeks after Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter urging regulators to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the Department of Justice gave the AT&T merger a big thumbs down by filing a civil antitrust...
Blog Post
8/29/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
It became clear over the weekend why Google agreed to a whopping $500 million settlement with the Justice Department to end criminal charges that it aided in the sale of illegal drugs from Canada. Co-founder and CEO Larry Page knew that the Internet giant was breaking the law. The settlement was no mere slap on the wrist. It amounted to about...
News Release
8/24/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog praised the U.S. Justice Department today for forcing Google to forfeit $500 million because it allowed illegal drug ads through its AdWords program, but said the problem of predatory and deceptive advertising on the Internet giant's services continues. Further enforcement action by regulators is needed...
News Story
8/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The non-profit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling for federal regulators to take a closer look at home loan, credit repair and health products ads that rely on Google's AdWords technology to saturate the Internet with dubious advertising claims. That comes after the U.S. Department of Justice today hit Google with a $500 million...
News Story
8/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Department of Justice has settled its beef with Google over drug advertisements from Canadian pharmacies targeting U.S. buyers. The search giant will pay half a billion dollars in the settlement. The figure was based on revenues received by Google as well as the pharmacies involved. Google has agreed to a US$500 million settlement...
Blog Post
6/23/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Since April when Bloomberg News reported that the Federal Trade Commission was contemplating a full-blown antitrust investigation of Google, people who follow the Internet giant have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. It did on Thursday with the report in the Wall Street Journal that the five-member Commission is about to serve Google...
News Release
4/11/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on the federal government to suspend any contracts with Google to provide so-called “cloud computing” services after it was revealed the Internet giant misrepresented the security of those services. In court papers unsealed on April 8, the U.S. Justice Department said that...
News Release
4/8/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Department of Justice’s conditions on Google’s $700 million deal to buy ITA Software will focus unprecedented and necessary regulatory scrutiny on the Internet giant, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade...