PUBLISHED ON: October 19, 2022
Antitrust claims against the dominant Big Tech companies can seem academic and theoretical, but the results may have a substantial, real-world impact on businesses and consumers nationally and worldwide.
There is, of course, no question that the Big Tech giants are both huge and powerful. Amazon has tight control over the terms and conditions (including the infrastructure) under which businesses worldwide sell on its platform, Google and Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) together account for nearly half of all digital advertising, and Meta obviously also has a massive share of the market for personal networking. Simply put, e-commerce is Big Tech’s world; consumers and other businesses just live in it.
Given that landscape, it is unsurprising that legislators and antitrust regulators alike have tried for years to rein in the power of Big Tech, but they have had limited success.
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Neil C. Schur, a shareholder in Anderson Kill’s Philadelphia office, concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and antitrust counseling and litigation. He represents clients in matters involving contracts, fraud, antitrust, civil rights, false advertising, the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, the Lanham Act and the False Claims Act. Schur can be reached at 267-216-2713 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.