Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech

The Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group, the Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group, and the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter

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Internet Search, Antitrust and SpeechAs the technology sector continues to thrive, scrutiny of internet search engine results also continues. More specifically, the Federal Trade Commission and European Union officials have for the past year been investigating the manner in which Google reports search results, and whether those results unfairly harm Google rivals. Is a search engine company free to favor its subsidiaries and associated businesses in its search results? Does the answer to that question depend on the dominance in the market of the search engine, or perhaps its subsidiaries? Do search engine results implicate speech rights? These and other questions will be addressed.


  • Mr. Thomas Barnett, Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP
  • Hon. Ronald A. Cass, President, Cass & Associates, PC
  • Moderator: Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Cout of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Introduction: Mr. David DeGroot, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and President, San Francisco Lawyers Chapter