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Blog Post
6/22/2011
By Jamie Court
No CEO ever likes to testify before Congress, but Google's CEOs, past (Eric Schmidt) and present (founder Larry Page), are going so far out of their way to avoid testifying in Congress that they are begging for a subpoena.  Bloomberg is reporting that, "In a letter dated June 10, the Democratic chairman and leading Republican on...
News Release
4/8/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
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...
News Release
3/22/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog praised Federal Judge Denny Chin today for rejecting the Google Books settlement and added that Google should finally learn it cannot usurp and exploit other people’s work and information without first asking permission. The decision also raised serious antitrust issues, the nonpartisan, nonprofit...
Blog Post
3/11/2011
By John M. Simpson
The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee plan to examine Google's activities for possible antitrust violations, is the latest indication that the Internet giant's behavior is drawing increasingly skeptical -- and well deserved -- scrutiny in the nation's capital. I'm just back from Washington were I was discussing online privacy...
Blog Post
1/14/2011
By John M. Simpson
It's been a tough week for Google as it faced legal challenges from around the world, the most prominent being that Department of Justice antitrust staff is preparing for the possibility of a suit to block the Internet giant's acquisition of the travel software company, ITA. My understanding is that DOJ staff have told some interested...