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U.S. Antitrust Policy

by Renewing America Staff
March 7, 2013

The interior of a Microsoft retail store in San Diego (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters). The interior of a Microsoft retail store in San Diego (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters).

The European Commission, the EU’s antitrust authority, announced a decision earlier this week to fine Microsoft $731 million for violating the terms of a previous antitrust settlement, which analysts say may constitute a warning to other dominant multinational firms and signals the EU’s willingness to go farther than their U.S. counterparts.

U.S. antitrust law aims to increase the economic efficiency of markets by preventing firms from unduly limiting competition. In this CFR Backgrounder, Renewing America contributor Steven Markovich examines the evolution of U.S. antitrust policy and its role in the global marketplace.

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