Antitrust and Google search bias

Lynne Kiesling For the past year and a half the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the potential anti-competitive effects of Google’s search-based business model. The European Union has also been pursuing antitrust complaints against Google. The main accusation is Google search bias — Google’s algorithm prioritizes links both to paid advertisers (which are shaded… More Antitrust and Google search bias

FTC finds no evidence of illegal activity after investigation of Western New York gasoline prices

Michael Giberson Apparently you just have to know who to ask. Yesterday, the FTC sent me a copy of the FTC letter to Representative Brian Higgins describing the agency’s investigation of Western New York gasoline prices last fall. (For background see this earlier post and here.) Be aware that here begins a very long post… More FTC finds no evidence of illegal activity after investigation of Western New York gasoline prices

Congressman to Western New York gasoline retailers: We will be watching you

Michael Giberson From the Buffalo, New York, BusinessFirst: In a letter sent May 13 by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz to Higgins, the agency said after a careful and extensive investigation, regulators could not find any evidence of illegal activity in gasoline markets in any of the affected cities. The agency monitored prices in Buffalo, Jamestown,… More Congressman to Western New York gasoline retailers: We will be watching you