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News Release
8/31/2011
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, Laura Antonini & John M. Simpson
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
8/29/2011
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
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
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...
Blog Post
6/23/2011
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
CONTACT 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
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...
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...