Sen. Lee Posts

European Commission, AGs Have Final Word, Not FTC

Friday, January 4th, 2013

As the dust settles after the Federal Trade Commission’s disappointing announcement of its settlement with Google, it is clear that the FTC will not have the last word in determining whether Google’s practices are illegal, and whether the company will have to change them. Google is expected to make a formal, detailed proposal to the Read more »

What FairSearch is Watching for in 2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

2012 is gearing up to be a major year for Google as “some of the most important events for the company next year will likely take place in courtrooms and government offices” (according to CNET). But before highlighting what to watch for in 2012, here’s a recent highlight from 2011, in case you missed it. Read more »

Troubling Inconsistencies in Schmidt’s Testimony on Google Product Search (VIDEO)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

This Friday, Google’s responses to follow-up questions from members of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee are due for inclusion in the record. (Tom Barnett, counsel to FairSearch.org member Expedia, who also testified at the September hearing submitted his responses on October 13.) Reports indicate that Schmidt received more than 100 questions from members of the subcommittee. Read more »

Sen. Franken: That Seemed Like a Pretty Fuzzy Answer to Me Coming from the Chairman (VIDEO)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

At last Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was “fuzzy” on several issues. For example, on the issue of “search manipulation,” whether Google manipulates search results to favor its own, Schmidt again, seemed conveniently clueless. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI): “During a conference in 2007, Marissa Mayer, one of Google’s top executives, discussed how Google Read more »

Lee: Fears Confirmed after Schmidt Testimony

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

At Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) wasted no time in voicing his concerns with Google and its current practices, suspecting the Internet leviathan had “cooked” its results to turn profits for its own gain and at the detriment of its users. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt stumbled over the Committee’s questions, refusing to give Read more »

One More Time with Feeling: Google’s a Monopoly

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Senate hearing wasn’t titled “Power of Google” for nothing! In fact, Google’s “monopoly” power came up over 30 times. Here are some of the top quotes and exchanges: Sen. Kohl: “Your market share constitutes monopoly.” Sen. Kohl: “Under common antitrust standards, this kind of a market share is considered to constitute monopoly power. Does Read more »

A Bipartisan Group of Senators Calls for Increased Antitrust Scrutiny of Google (UPDATED)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

During yesterday’s Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on “The Power of Google,” a bipartisan chorus of Senators made it clear that not only do they take antitrust violations seriously, but also that they are committed to ensuring that Google is not permitted use its dominant power unfairly to disadvantage others  in an anticompetitive manner. “We need Read more »