States rally around proposed US laws to curb Big Tech
WASHINGTON, Sept.20 (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers on Monday urging them to pass a series of bills strengthening antitrust laws targeting big tech companies like Facebook and Google. Alphabet.
The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit support for six bills that were passed by the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly relate to the powers of the Big Tech platform while two others empower executors.
One measure, if it becomes law, would ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general stay in the court they choose, a decision plaintiffs typically prefer.
The entire House has not voted on the measures, some of which do not yet have companion bills in the Senate.
“We encourage Congress to continue to make improvements to these important measures. These include provisions to further strengthen consumer protection against illegal and irresponsible mergers and business practices, as well as the improvements needed to ensure that the competition and innovation are not stifled, ”the attorneys general wrote. .
The letter was signed by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, as well as Democratic counterparts Letitia James of New York, Rob Bonta of California, and William Tong of Connecticut.
The Republican signatories included Douglas Peterson of Nebraska, Jeff Landry of Louisiana and Sean Reyes of Utah.
State attorneys general have filed three antitrust lawsuits against Google, which are ongoing, and one against Facebook, which was dismissed. They also filed lawsuits alleging pricing in the generic drug industry. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Aurora Ellis)