Silicon Valley braces for antitrust shift

Silicon Valley companies, particularly Google, are bracing for an expected new phase of tough new antitrust scrutiny under the Obama administration.  School of Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law expert, says the Justice Department is shifting from cartel enforcement back toward prosecuting big firms for monopolization.

“The key obstacle for the Obama administration will be the courts. Over the past 25 years, federal courts have adopted rules that have favored defendants in monopolization cases. The Obama administration can bring more prosecutions against big firms, but unless the law changes, they will lose a lot of their cases.”

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959, knhylton@bu.edu

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