High-Tech Antitrust Litigation
The Blanch Law Firm has a distinguished track record representing companies, individuals and organizations in antitrust matters. The Blanch Law Firm takes a proactive approach, positioning a client to face litigation in the best possible way.
Proactive, knowledgeable and thorough, The Blanch Law Firm offers unparalleled criminal defense expertise within the legal community for all Antitrust Violations, including business practices based on high-tech products and services. Our antitrust attorneys can quickly analyze complex antitrust matters with a technical ability that is unsurpassed.
A definite, substantial rise in antitrust enforcement is underway from the Obama administration, based on the president’s criticism of his predecessor having “The Weakest Record of Antitrust Enforcement of Any Administration in the Last Half Century.” Taking into account this new prosecutorial direction, The Blanch Law Firm has geared up to meet the challenge, especially in cases involving high-tech industries. Thorough and capable in analyzing factual, legal and technical aspects of every charge, our attorneyshave already produced unprecedented results representing business clients in Internet-based antitrust cases.
Our attorneys indicate that nowadays the business community is beginning to suffer from an especially aggressive stance being taken by Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Christine Varney.
At the Federal Trade Commission during the Clinton years, she made a name for herself by focusing on high-tech industries and those conducting intensive research and development (R&D) projects. She also focuses on the application of antitrust law to new technologies, especially Internet-related business methods. She has favored the government’s legal action against Microsoft for business practices that were in restraint of trade. As chief prosecutor in the DOJ’s antitrust division, she continues to monitor Microsoft’s monopolization efforts, indicating from her past experience with Microsoft that “it was absolutely clear that Microsoft’s acts were intended to-and did, in fact-restrain trade.”
Under her leadership, the DOJ will also be casting a suspicious eye on Google, which she claims is the “new Microsoft.” Her chief concern is to prevent a monopoly in Internet advertising, which she claims Google has already acquired. Two major big business transactions involving Google that she views as particularly problematic are:
A proposed ad agreement between Google and Yahoo!; and
Acquisition of DoubleClick by Google.
Consequently, Google’s business practices-like Microsoft’s-will be facing heightened scrutiny by the DOJ for the next four years.
The DOJ is also focusing on high-tech industries in a novel manner, by applying consumer protection strategies to concerns about privacy and on deception issues, including identity theft. Consequently, any business practices involving online sales via the Internet anywhere throughout the Word Wide Web will be targeted for examination. And information about customers who trade in E-Commerce goods and services that is acquired after sales with a view to distribution in list form through high-tech purveyors will also be carefully scrutinized.
Because the DOJ’s Antitrust Division is now using every available weapon to combat violations within high-tech industries online, deploying their best agents to locate offenders, you need the best possible defense to charges arising out of these complex antitrust investigations and prosecutions.