October 20, 2021
Technology

US states rally around proposed laws to rein in Big Tech

A bipartisan group of U.S. state attorneys general sent a letter to lawmakers on Monday urging them to pass a series of bills that tighten antitrust laws aimed at Big Tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet’s Google.

The letter, which was addressed to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed explicit support for six bills that passed the House Judiciary Committee in June. Four of the bills directly address Big Tech’s platform powers while two others empower enforcers.

One measure, if it becomes law, would ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general remain in the court they select, a move that plaintiffs generally prefer.

The full House has not voted on the measures, some of which do not yet have companion bills in the Senate.

“We encourage Congress to continue making improvements to these important measures. These include provisions to…

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