Changed Antitrust Rules Could Curb Tech Mergers

A shift in U.S. Department of Justice antitrust policy announced last week could blunt the expansion or merger plans of IT vendors, according to legal experts. In speeches last week before the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Christine Varney, assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s antitrust division, said…

An Open Letter from Our CEO: Three Strikes; Now What?

Today, CCIA ran an open letter in several Washington, DC publications highlighting yesterday’s ruling by the European Commission, which found Intel guilty of abusing its monopoly position. After years of investigating, the Commission ruled that Intel’s actions significantly harmed competition and innovation, ordered it to cease its abusive practices and issued a $1.45 billion fine.…

Shapiro To Return To Justice Department

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is praising the return of a top information economy and antitrust expert to the Department of Justice. President Obama has appointed economist Carl Shapiro to become the chief economist for the DOJ’s antitrust division, according to various news reports. Shapiro served in the Clinton administration, is the author of…

CCIA Reaction To Supreme Court Order In Rambus Case

While the Supreme Court passing over the appeal in the Federal Trade Commission’s case against Rambus is disappointing, the Computer & Communications Industry Association is expressing optimism about future antitrust enforcement in the standards setting process. The FTC had alleged that Rambus illegally attempted to monopolize memory markets by urging a standards setting body to…