U.S. Senators announce antitrust subcommittee agenda and call for hearing on Google

In March 2011 the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights – Senator Kohl (D-WI) – announced the Subcommittee’s agenda for the new session of Congress.

The announced agenda includes a number of issues pertaining to intellectual property rights and high-technology industries. In particular, the Subcommittee will pursue legislation against reverse payment settlements and legislation against resale price maintenance. The Subcommittee will also examine challenges involved in the Internet distribution of content and allegations raised against Google that some e-commerce websites are treated unfairly in search rankings and in their ability to purchase search advertising. Senator Lee (R-UT) joined Senator Kohl in calling for antitrust oversight hearings on Google. [Juha Vesala]