The Justice Department sued to block Bertelsmann’s Penguin Random House’s proposed $2.175 billion purchase of Simon & Schuster from ViacomCBS, delaying one of the entertainment company’s moves to reduce its debt. The DOJ noted that Penguin Random House is the biggest book publisher, while Simon & Schuster is the fourth biggest in the U.S. their combined revenues would be “twice that of...
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The Flaws in FTC’s Amazon Case
Talk about anticlimactic. We’ve been expecting today’s Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against Amazon since the day commission chair Lina Khan was sworn into office in June 2021. After all, she rose to antitrust fame with her 2017 Yale Law Journal paper arguing that modern competition policy wasn’t equipped to deal with the threat Amazon posed. Yet despite the plentiful time for...
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