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24 Oct

ABA Advocacy Staff Visit Washington, D.C.

Dave Grogan and Maria Peroni met with free expression organizations and discussed antitrust enforcement and the implementation of economic nexus laws with key legislators.

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24 Oct

eBay Sues Amazon for Poaching Sellers

According to eBay’s lawsuit, Amazon has been using eBay’s messaging service to recruit sellers for its own third-party marketplace platform.

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16 Oct

ABA Submits Comments to FTC on Amazon’s Predatory Practices

ABA’s comments explore how Amazon has exploited its dual roles as both a marketplace platform and a retailer to inhibit competition.

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16 Oct

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Legislation to Hold Largest Corporations Accountable

Warren takes issue with “shareholder value maximization,” in which a company’s primary goal is to increase the wealth of its shareholders. 

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03 Oct

Amazon to Raise Minimum Employee Wage to $15 an Hour

The raise will take effect November 1 and will affect full- and part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees, as well as Whole Foods Market employees. 

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03 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2018

Store windows and booksellers’ social media pages were decked with displays promoting Banned Books Week.

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02 Oct

FTC Begins Antitrust Hearings

In September, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of hearings titled “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”

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26 Sep

Penguin Random House Partners With We Need Diverse Books to Celebrate Banned Books Week

As part of a social media sweepstakes, PRH is highlighting quotes from books that have been challenged or banned. For every entry, PRH will donate one book to We Need Diverse Books.

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19 Sep

Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2018 With New Handbook

The new Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook will help booksellers prepare for the weeklong celebration, which kicks off this Sunday, September 23.

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19 Sep

Boston City Councilors Propose Legislation to Protect Local Economy

The policy would recognize chain stores as a distinct land use and would require a conditional use permit for such businesses to open and operate in a neighborhood business district.

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19 Sep

ILSR Report Convinces Local Government to Stop Buying From Amazon

Gayle Shanks of Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore was able to persuade Tempe’s local government not to renew its purchasing contract from Amazon and to support independent businesses instead.

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11 Sep

Register and Promote Your Banned Books Week Event

Booksellers can register planned Banned Books Week events and celebrations to appear on a map that will help readers find their local participating store.

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10 Sep

President Trump Criticizes Right to Protest

Last Tuesday, September 4, President Trump suggested that allowing people to protest at hearings for a Supreme Court nominee is “embarrassing for the country.”

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05 Sep

“Banned Spotlight” Highlights Stories of Censorship

The first Spotlight features I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings’ autobiographical picture book in which she shares her experience as a transgender child.

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05 Sep

Trump Administration Considering Regulating Google Searches

On August 28, President Trump published a series of tweets expressing his belief that Google is “rigged” to suppress conservative views.

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