Author Archives: UMBLR

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Lawsuits Against Google’s Alleged Search and Advertisement Monopolies

Alexandra McHugh – On January 24, 2023, the Justice Department, along with the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia, filed a civil antitrust suit against Google in the Eastern District of Virginia. The Government’s complaint alleges that Google monopolizes crucial digital advertising technologies, denying the American […]

From Alpha to Omegle: Recent Developments in Product Liability and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Preston Buchanan — “Talk to strangers!” seems like an innocent, attention-grabbing headline emblazoned on the front-page of the Omegle website, which markets itself as a “great way to meet new friends” while “paired randomly with another person to talk one-on-one.” Despite the purported social and entertainment value of its services, Omegle appears to have acknowledged […]

Unprecedented Injuries in Sport: The Role of Sports Betting Services

Alanna Sadler – Sports betting continues to transform the business of professional and amateur sports. In 2021, sports betting revenue in the United States exceeded four billion U.S. dollars. Today, fans have several ways to bet on sports: apps, in-person sports books, fantasy leagues, and more. Just as professional sports leagues have to prepare for […]

Another Merger Blocked: Penguin Random House Barred from Merging with Simon & Schuster in Narrow Antitrust Decision

Amber Miller – On October 31, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia blocked publishing giant, Penguin Random House (“Penguin”), from its proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of equally ubiquitous publisher, Simon & Schuster. The district court sided with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), which challenged the acquisition on the basis that […]