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14 Aug

ABFE Free Speech Report: Antitrust and When Is a Private Company Not So Private Anymore

Here, ABA’s David Grogan looks at potential interference in the U.S. election process, recent efforts by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to halt censorship in school libraries, and more.

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07 Aug

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features conversations with Jonathan Hamilt, co-founder of Drag Queen Story Hour, and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

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06 Aug

Indie Business Survey: Amazon Monopoly a Key Threat

The findings indicate that small business owners don’t believe the primary problems facing their businesses are technology or consumer habit but rather an uneven playing field.

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29 Jul

Local Policy Action Spotlight: Nine Policies Your City Can Adopt to Grow Independent Businesses

The toolkit “is an invaluable resource that can help independent booksellers effectively advocate to lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level,” said ABA’s David Grogan.

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24 Jul

U.S. Department of Justice Will Review Business Practices of Big Tech

The DOJ review could indicate a significant change in the department’s stance in antitrust enforcement.

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22 Jul

European Commission Opens Formal Investigation into Amazon

The investigation aims to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that sell on its marketplace is in breach of European Union competition rules.

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17 Jul

House Antitrust Committee Holds Hearing on Market Power of Online Platforms

The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses, including Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as well as representatives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

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17 Jul

ABA Calls on FTC to Look Into Amazon Monopoly

In its letter, ABA illustrated how “industry trends and data clearly indicate that Amazon is well on its way to becoming a tech industry monopoly, and it is already a monopoly in the book industry.”

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03 Jul

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features Barry Lynn, executive director of the Open Markets Institute, and National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan.

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03 Jul

BookBar in Denver Vandalized Twice by Hate Group

Since the incidents were reported, BookBar has been the recipient of an “overwhelming amount of e-mails, calls, visits, and comments on social media offering support,” said owner Nicole Sullivan.

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03 Jul

No New Tariffs for Now as U.S. and China Resume Trade Talks

Threats of 25 percent tariffs on printed books have subsided for the time being as trade talks between the U.S. and China have resumed.

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27 Jun

Hearings Regarding Tariffs on Chinese Goods Conclude

At the hearings, representatives from the publishing and bookselling industries testified before the Office of U.S. Trade Representatives in opposition to the tariffs.

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19 Jun

ABA President Jamie Fiocco Testifies in Opposition to Tariffs on Books Printed in China

The Trump administration has proposed imposing a 25 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of manufactured goods imported into the U.S., including books.

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18 Jun

ABA Board President Testifies in Front of International Trade Commission

Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books addressed how imposing tariffs on Chinese goods would would seriously and disproportionately damage small and medium sized businesses in the U.S.

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18 Jun

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing Into Anti-competitive Power of Big Tech

The committee heard from executives of News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, who discussed the power that platforms like Google and Facebook have over the way news today is delivered and consumed.

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