Beth Wilkinson Posts

Does Google Harm Consumers? Bloomberg Editors Say ‘Yes’

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Today the Federal Trade Commission issued the disappointing decision to pass on compelling Google to end its anti-competitive search manipulation practices that favor the prominent display of its own products. Rather, the FTC and Google agreed for the search giant to end other anti-competitive practices, largely through a voluntary agreement that lacks the kind of Read more »

FTC Hires Economist, Texas AG Case ‘Looms Large’

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Yet another sign has emerged that the Federal Trade Commission is serious about preparations to bring a case against Google for antitrust and consumer protection law violations if the company continues to refuse to change its anti-competitive practices on its own through permanent and legally binding agreements. The FTC hired Rich Gilbert, a former top Read more »

Bloomberg: FTC Asks EBay, Yelp, Others if Google is “Competing Unfairly”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

On the heels of yesterday’s news that the European Commission has given Google a “matter of weeks” to propose remedies to its anticompetitive business practices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s has taken another step in its investigation. Bloomberg reports that “U.S. antitrust regulators told EBay Inc. (EBAY) and Yelp Inc. (YELP) to provide information on whether Google Inc. (GOOG) is competing Read more »

FairSearch EU Counsel Thomas Vinje Response to European Commission Statement On Google’s Four Potential Illegal Abuses of Dominance

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today’s statement by European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia, identifying four concerns where Google business practices may be considered as abuses of dominance in violation of competition and consumer protection laws, is a welcome development. We are pleased that Commissioner Almunia’s investigation has validated the concern that FairSearch members and many other businesses and consumer advocates have raised about Google’s practices Read more »

FTC Hires Former Justice Department Prosecutor for Google Case; Signals the Gravity of the Case Against Google

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission has hired Washington lawyer Beth Wilkinson to serve as outside counsel in its case against Google, the New York Times reports, “sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.” Wilkinson is a former Justice Department prosecutor who played a lead role in the government’s Read more »