Latest U.S. Justice Department Stories

2010-03-30 06:05:00

The U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission (EC) approved the sale of Norwegian videoconferencing equipment manufacturer Tandberg ASA to Cisco Systems, Inc. on Monday, after the California-based consumer electronics firm agreed to a series of EC-proposed concessions. The deal, initially agreed to in October 2009, will call for Cisco to purchase Tandberg, the largest videoconferencing equipment maker in the world, for a reported $3.4 billion. The Associated Press (AP) reports that...

2010-02-18 07:01:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorneys for Consumer Watchdog will appear in a federal court today to urge Judge Deny Chinn to reject the revised Google Books settlement because it remains anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law. The case in U.S. District Court's Southern District of New York stems from a suit brought by The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Consumer Watchdog is represented by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &...

2010-01-28 13:05:00

Brief Argues Books Settlement Continues Steal From Absent Class Members, Remains Anticompetitive WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today filed a brief urging a federal court to reject the revised Google Books settlement because it remains anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law. Though the original settlement was withdrawn and amended in the face of objections from the U.S. Justice Department, Consumer Watchdog and others, "the revised...

2010-01-05 07:30:00

The U.S. Justice Department is urging federal regulators to make more radio spectrum available for wireless Internet services to bring more competition to the high-speed Internet market, reported Reuters. On Monday, the Justice Department told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the most effective way to create more broadband competition is to free up more spectrum and organize any spectrum auctions. This would keep big wireless providers in any given area from easily winning the...

2009-11-15 06:30:00

Google, along with U.S. authors and publishers, submitted a revised settlement to a federal judge in New York on Friday in hopes of resolving the antitrust and copyright concerns of the U.S. Justice Department and some overseas governments. The 370-page modified agreement comes just two months after the Justice Department objected to Google's original settlement with authors and publishers, saying it would harm the market for electronic books.  If the amended settlement is approved, it...

2009-10-28 05:25:00

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into possible violations of antitrust law within the optical disc drive industry, department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said on Tuesday. Although she declined to provide details about the investigation, or to disclose which companies are involved, Reuters reported that Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba have all acknowledged receiving subpoenas about the case. Optical disc drives are devices that read or write data onto media such as DVDs, CDs, and Blu-ray discs....

2009-09-19 07:15:17

The U.S. Justice Department says it wants changes in a tentative agreement between Google Inc., and the authors of books it wants to put online. Google, of Mountain View, Calif., is seeking court approval for the deal, which it plans to use to create the world's largest digital library and bookstore. But Justice Department officials said Friday the agreement as it currently stands doesn't sufficiently protect the rights of authors and publishers, The New York Times reported. As presently...

2009-09-18 22:45:00

Warns That Major Issues Including Lack of Privacy Guarantees Remain Problematic SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog praised the U.S. Justice Department for objecting to the proposed Google Books settlement in a brief the department filed in U.S. District Court tonight. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group had asked the Justice Department to intervene in the case on antitrust grounds last April. Justice announced it was investigating in July....

2009-09-16 10:48:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Any plan offered by Google meant to overcome objections to the proposed Google Books settlement must include a "binding agreement with the full force of law," Consumer Watchdog told the U.S. Justice Department today. Justice has until Friday to file its position on the books settlement with the court. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General For Antitrust Christine Varney, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer...

2009-08-12 12:48:50

The U.S. Justice Department said UBS has agreed to reveal names of U.S. depositors suspected of hiding assets from the IRS in the Swiss bank. The parties have initialed agreements, Justice Department attorney Stuart Gibson said Wednesday. While the Swiss government and UBS officials have been negotiating on the disclosure issue, many U.S. depositors have approached the Internal Revenue Service asking for leniency in their cases, anticipating the bank would be forced to reveal names, The New...

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