Latest Monopoly and antitrust News

Group seeks protections for small businesses from behemoths

Apr. 07, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of small and independent businesses are joining together to push for more protection against behemoth corporations threatening to stamp them out. The new coalition, named Small Business Rising, is seeking changes to federal policies that they...

Farmers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies

Apr. 05, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep prices artificially high. The farmers are seeking class-action status and...

Column: To pay or not pay college athletes is not the issue

Apr. 02, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

We should've moved on from the issue of whether to pay or not to pay at least some college athletes. Given the billions that are generated by massive television deals and 90,000-seat stadiums — not to mention those pesky antitrust laws — it should be accepted by all...

Firm, exec indicted in Vegas school nurse wage-fixing case

Mar. 31, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A health care staffing firm and its former representative have been indicted in a federal antitrust case alleging they fixed wages of nurses caring for medically fragile public school students in the Las Vegas area, U.S. authorities said. Ryan Hee, a...

Big Tech's outsized influence draws state-level pushback

Mar. 27, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris was ecstatic when Amazon named Long Island City in 2018 as a front-runner for its new headquarters, a project that would bring 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in construction spending to his district in Queens. But his support faded...

Gas drilling firms repel Pennsylvania's antitrust lawsuit

Mar. 25, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has delivered a victory for natural gas exploration firms, ruling that the state attorney general's office doesn't have authority under state law to sue them on consumer protection grounds over their mineral rights-leasing practices. ...

Bill to aid US publishers vs. Google, Facebook rises again

Mar. 22, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

A congressional effort to bolster U.S. news organizations in negotiations with Big Tech has supporters hoping that third time's the charm. The bill, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, was introduced in March for the third time since 2018. Its odds of passage...

Battling bigness: Congress eyes action against monopolies

Mar. 19, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle against bigness is building. Whether it’s beer, banks or book publishing, lawmakers are targeting major industries they say have become so concentrated that they’re hurting competition, consumers and the economy. The economic dislocation...

Report: DOJ investigating Visa over debit card business

Mar. 19, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Visa is under investigation by the Department of Justice's antitrust division over whether the company pushes merchants into more expensive forms of debit card payments, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The investigation is focused on how...

With NIL reform in limbo, NCAA heading toward busy June

Mar. 18, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

The NCAA's efforts to allow athletes to earn money from personal endorsement and sponsorship deals are stuck in limbo, and June is shaping up to be a potentially busy and important month for college sports. “My anniversary is June 24. And every year my wife and I take a...