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News Release
11/6/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s latest proposal to settle a European antitrust investigation does nothing to solve the underlying problem of how the Internet giant manipulates results and favors its own services in search, Consumer Watchdog said today as it released the proposal and questions the European Commission is asking about it....
News Release
11/6/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your...
News Release
10/9/2013
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court, or Carmen Balber
Washington, DC — A proposed merger between major radio station owner Cumulus Media and radio content provider Dial Global/Westwood One would create a clear radio duopoly (with Clear Channel Communications) in the nation’s largest radio markets, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to the Department of Justice antitrust division. “...
News Release
9/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the European Commission to file a formal Statement of Objections against Google in the nearly three-year-old antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said Google’s latest settlement offer was an attempt to stall the investigation. In a letter to Joaquin Almunia, Vice...
Blog Post
6/24/2013
By John M. Simpson
Less than two weeks ago after Google said it was buying Waze, developer of a mobile mapping application, for a reported $1.1 billion, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped in and said in effect, "wait just a minute here." Word of the FTC's antitrust investigation was originally reported over the weekend by the New York Post and...
News Release
6/12/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on federal regulators to block Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Waze, developers of a mobile mapping application, on antitrust grounds.   The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group made the case against the deal in letters to both the Department of Justice and the...
News Release
5/29/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic have objected to Google’s proposed European antitrust settlement, which relies heavily on labeling Google’s own services and on showing links to rivals in its search results, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Consumer welfare is the ultimate test of any...
News Release
5/17/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
By John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
Blog Post
3/21/2013
By John M. Simpson
Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant's smaller rivals aren't hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States. The companies, organized by the British shopping comparison...