Facebook Wins Dismissal of PageRage Antitrust Suit

In March Facebook was hit with an antitrust lawsuit by PageRage which helps users customize their Facebook page.  PageRage claims that Facebook not only demanded that users remove PageRage skins from their profile pages but also organized an advertiser boycott. On November 29th, the complaint was dismissed with the judge stressing: There is no fundamental right…

CLBR Segment 2: Is Facebook Playing Monopoly

The news that the FTC would conduct an antitrust review of the $1 billion Facebook-Instagram acquisition puts Facebook in the spotlight as they join Microsoft, Google and Intel as tech giants who have been subject of intense antitrust scrutiny. Our Guest: David Balto David Balto has practiced antitrust law for over 20 years in the…

AboutFace: Antitrust Investigation, Privacy and Snooping

Facebook-Instagram Deal to be Delayed by FTC Antitrust Probe Reports are circulating that the $1 billion Facebook-Instagram deal could be put on hold by as much as a year while the FTC conducts an antitrust investigation into the deal.  As the New York Times indicates, “[t]he government could also be interested in whether a company is killing…

In the Courts: Scareware, Facebook Trilogy and Double-Whammy and RIP Righthaven

Ascentive Settles Scareware Class Action for $9.6MM Software vendor Ascentive, best known for its FinallyFast product, has agreed to pay $9.6 million to settle a class-action complaint that alleged it tricked consumers into believing that their computers were underperforming by providing them with free ‘diagnostic scans’ that were designed to artificially report an exaggerated number…