Antitrust Co-chair Bruce Sokler was quoted in a National Law Journal article discussing the US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust cases against Google and Amazon, drawing parallels to the Microsoft case of 2001. Bruce noted that like the Microsoft case, the DOJ and FTC have each singled out a dominant entity in the market, Google and Amazon.
Bruce said, “A decision by the court is controlling on the district court judges. They’re supposed to follow cases of the court of appeals of their circuit. However, they filed in federal court in Washington, which is the 9th circuit, [so] the [Microsoft] case is not controlling.”