US President Joe Biden Picks Another Big Tech Critic for Key Justice Post

US President Joe Biden Picks Another Big Tech Critic for Key Justice Post

US President Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter because the Justice Department’s antitrust chief on Tuesday within the newest signal the White House is set to rein on the earth’s largest firms, particularly Big Tech.

Progressives who advocate more durable enforcement of antitrust legislation pushed for the nomination of Kanter, who just lately began his personal legislation agency, Kanter Law Group LLP, which payments itself as an “antitrust advocacy boutique.”

The White House called Kanter “a number one advocate and knowledgeable within the effort to advertise robust and significant antitrust enforcement and competitors coverage.”

He has spent years representing rivals of Alphabet’s Google, which the Justice Department sued final 12 months, alleging that it broke antitrust legislation in searching for to hobble rivals.

The Biden administration beforehand selected two antitrust progressives with tech experience, Tim Wu for the National Economic Council and Lina Khan to be a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission.

Sarah Miller, govt director of the American Economic Liberties Project, stated Kanter “has crafted lots of the most profitable authorized arguments driving the most important antitrust investigations into Big Tech.”

Kanter declined touch upon the nomination.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kanter, who beforehand labored for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and two different huge legislation corporations, will take the reins of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division amid calls for more durable enforcement general, with particular criticism aimed toward google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.

The tech giants have been underneath investigation for about two years, with a US House of Representatives panel issuing a report in October that stated they used “killer acquisitions” to fend off rivals, charged exorbitant charges and compelled small companies into “oppressive” contracts within the title of revenue.

The firms have vigorously denied any wrongdoing.

The Justice Department Antitrust Division underneath Kanter will play a key function in implementing the Biden govt order aimed toward selling competitors throughout the US economic system. In addition to suing Google, the Justice Department can also be investigating Apple.

The Federal Trade Commission shares the job of antitrust enforcement with the Justice Department.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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