Jon Leibowitz 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 »

FairSearch: European Commission, US Have the Evidence, Time to Act is Now

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

In July, news of technical talks between Google and Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, suggested the search giant was finally willing to concede it must change its anti-competitive practices to avoid a finding it is violating the law. In September, Almunia suggested that Google needed to offer Read more »

FTC Commissioner Sees Through Google’s First Amendment Defense

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Recently, Google’s been peddling a theory that its biased search results are protected by the First Amendment. In April 2012, Google paid Eugene Volokh to write a paper to this effect. Volokh wrote that search engines like Google “exercise editorial judgment about what constitutes useful information and convey that information—which is to say, they speak—to their 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 »

Google’s Privacy Shift Troubling Government Officials, Consumer Advocates

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect today and a lot of people have raised concerns about how Google is using its overwhelming dominance in search and search advertising to strong-arm users into its new privacy policy. FairSearch agrees. See, when a single company controls 79 percent of the market for search in the U.S., Read more »

Media Round-up: Senators Urge FTC To Conduct A Thorough Investigation of Google’s Business Practices

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Senators Kohl (D-WI) and Lee (R-UT) issued a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz Monday expressing their concerns about Google’s anticompetitive business practices. The Senators are calling for a “thorough investigation.” In their letter they said, “a key question is whether Google is using its market power to steer users to its own web products Read more »

Conservatives Praise Kohl and Lee’s Letter to the FTC on Google’s Conduct

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Conservatives across the country have praised Monday’s letter from Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Lee (R-UT) voicing their concerns to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz over Google’s search engine practices and their impact on competition in Internet search and commerce and the free market. Here’s what they’re saying: Rick Rule, head of the Justice Department’s Read more »

FTC’s Leibowitz Comments on Google Investigation: “A Critically Important Issue”

Friday, December 9th, 2011

On Wednesday, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and acting head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division Sharis Pozen, testified at a House subcommittee hearing on antitrust enforcement. One exchange between Chairman Leibowitz and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) on the importance of protecting competition and innovation in the Internet stood out in particular. As Leibowitz explains the Read more »

Bloomberg: U.S. Federal Trade Commission Prepping Google Investigation

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Antitrust authorities at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are preparing to investigate Google’s dominance of Internet search, Bloomberg reports, a move that FairSearch members would applaud and stand ready to assist in any way that they can. The FTC has told high tech companies that it will issue civil investigative demands (CIDs) – subpoena-like requests Read more »