Antitrust law

The United States antitrust law is the body of laws that prohibits anti-competitive behavior (monopoly) and unfair business practices. Antitrust laws are intended to encourage competition in the marketplace. These competition laws make illegal certain practices deemed to hurt businesses or consumers or both, or generally to violate standards of ethical behavior. Government agencies known as competition regulators, along with private litigants, apply the antitrust and consumer protection laws in hopes of preventing market failure. The term antitrust was originally formulated to combat \"business trusts\", now more commonly known as cartels. Other countries use the term \"competition law\". Many countries including most of the Western world have antitrust laws of some form; for example the European Union has provisions under the Treaty of Rome to maintain fair competition, as does Australia under its Trade Practices Act 1974.

Apple, Google Hiring Settlement A Concern For Judge

A U.S. judge on Thursday said she had concerns about approving a $324.5 million settlement involving Apple, Google and two other tech companies in a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's workers.

Google Offers Rare Peek into Web Searches

Google Inc offered a detailed glimpse into its secret process of ranking Internet websites on Monday, publishing for the first time a list of recent tweaks to its closely guarded search algorithm.

Regulators mull antitrust look at Apple: source

Regulators are considering an inquiry into whether Apple Inc violates antitrust law by requiring that its programing tools be used to write applications for the iPad and iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Government mulls antitrust look at Apple: source

Regulators are considering an inquiry into whether Apple Inc violates antitrust law by requiring that its programing tools be used to write applications for the iPad and iPhone, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

No ruling at Google books hearing: judge

Lawyers for authors, publishers, corporations and governments came to a New York court to challenge or hail a proposed deal over Google Inc's plans to digitize millions of books, but the judge said he would not rule on Thursday.

FTC sues chip giant Intel

The U.S. government filed suit against Intel Corp on Wednesday, alleging that the chip giant illegally used its dominance of the market for a decade to stifle competition and strengthen its monopoly.

Federal Trade Commission sues chip giant Intel

The government filed suit against Intel Corp on Wednesday, alleging that the chip giant illegally used its dominance of the market for a decade to stifle competition and strengthen its monopoly.

Google, Authors submit revised book deal

Google and the Authors Guild filed a new version of a deal to create a massive online library on Friday in hopes of answering antitrust and copyright concerns in the United States and overseas.

U.S. urges court to reject Google book deal

The U.S. Justice Department urged a New York court on Friday to reject Google's controversial deal with authors and publishers that would allow the search engine giant to create a massive online digital library.

Google defends book deal as competitive, helpful

Google's deal to digitize millions of books opens the way for others to enter the online book business, the company's chief legal officer said in testimony prepared for a congressional hearing on Thursday.

Amazon joins opposition to Google book deal

Amazon.com Inc joined the opposition to Google Inc's plan to digitize millions of books, saying that the proposed deal would fundamentally change copyright law and violate antitrust law.

U.S. signals tougher line on antitrust policy

The Justice Department's top antitrust official announced on Monday a return to a more aggressive approach to dealing with dominant companies that use their position to squelch competition.

U.S. signals tougher line on dominant firms

The Justice Department's top antitrust official announced on Monday a return to a more aggressive approach to dealing with dominant companies that use their position to squelch competition.

EU sent draft Intel ruling to member states

The European Commission, taking a major step toward fining and imposing sanctions on Intel Corp for violating antitrust law, has sent a draft decision ruling against the chip maker to EU member states, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
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