The Google antitrust trial is nearly over. It has drawn comparisons to the Microsoft antitrust case. The long, tedious trial may be coming to an end after two months. Google’s lead trial lawyer, John Schmidtlein, pointed out the differences between the two cases but was cut off by Judge Amit P. Mehta. The trial is expected to conclude by Thanksgiving, with a ruling coming next year. The judge’s decision will be based on both the facts of the trial and the legal framework set by previous cases, such as the 1990s Microsoft case. The government’s argument focuses on the power of data and barriers to competition. Google’s contracts with other tech companies to protect its business are at the center of the trial, similar to Microsoft’s contracts with PC makers in the past. The government claims these contracts are illegal. If the government and states win, the judge will determine the appropriate remedy, likely guided by legal precedent. There are calls for stronger sanctions to encourage competition, but pushing the boundary during the remedy phase would be a real challenge.
Microsoft’s Legal Legacy: Shaping the Antitrust Case Against Google
The TikTok ban in Montana has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge, Donald W. Molloy. The ban was meant to take effect next year. Molloy stated that the ban violated the First Amendment and issued a preliminary injunction to prevent it. TikTok has been in a legal battle with the state of Montana since […]Read More
The fuel for artificial intelligence is data and it is a concern for large businesses. The Data and Trust Alliance, a nonprofit group, developed standards for describing data origins and its legal rights. It includes data’s origin, history, and intended use. The purpose of these standards is to provide more information and clarity about data. […]Read More
On Thursday, Meta removed thousands of Facebook accounts based in China. The accounts were impersonating Americans and engaging in political debates in the United States. The company warned that this campaign could foretell coordinated international efforts to influence the 2024 presidential election. According to Meta, the network of fake accounts consisted of 4,789 accounts. They […]Read More