Maurice Stucke

Professor of Law

Phone: 865-974-9816
E-mail: mstucke@utk.edu

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Maurice Stucke specializes in antitrust law, competition policy, privacy law and behavioral law and economics. Prior to joining the college's faculty, Stucke was an attorney with the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division where he successfully challenged anticompetitive mergers and restraints in numerous industries. His scholarship on competition law has been cited in US federal courts, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations.

Topics of expertise: Antitrust, competition law, privacy, big data, behavioral law and economics

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2019

While privacy violations, hate speech and election meddling are undeniably concerns when it comes to the influence Facebook has on our lives, some experts argue the root cause of those problems hasn't been addressed — and won't be through tighter internet regulation alone. Yahoo (CBC), April 7

The looming U.S. antitrust investigation of Google is galvanizing as many as a dozen companies to gather their longstanding complaints about the Alphabet Inc. unit and consider bringing them to the Justice Department as the probe gets underway, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg: Google’s Enemies Sharpen Complaints as DOJ Opens Antitrust Probe (Also ran in Ad Age); Bloomberg: Google, Facing U.S. Antitrust Probe, Knows How to Defend Itself; Agence France-Presse: US Gears Up for Antitrust Battles With Big Tech (Also ran in Daily Mail); Washington Times: Big Tech Unites Democrats, Republicans Behind Anti-Trust Crackdown; MIT Technology Review: Regulating or Breaking Up Big Tech: an Antitrust Explainer; Roll Call: Big Tech Now Squarely in the Sights of Antitrust Forces;Fox NewsDOJ, FTC May Open Antitrust Investigations Into Big Tech(also appeared in Yahoo! NewsYahoo! FinanceMSN.com); Wired: Break Up Big Tech? Some Say Not So Fast

Amazon is an online retailer. It also runs a marketplace for other online retailers. It’s also a shipper for those sellers, and a lender to them, and a warehouse, an advertiser, a data manager and a search engine. It also runs brick-and-mortar bookstores. And grocery stores. In These Times, David Dayen, June 10

2018

In May, the EU fined Facebook $122 million for misleading regulators about its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp, by claiming it could not combine data from Facebook and WhatsApp accounts. Wired, Nitasha Tiku, Jan. 5

FIBR considers the likely effects of an important new phenomenon that may accelerate the pull factor of digital ecosystems – the rise of superplatforms. SME Finance Forum, Jan. 18

The Justice Department's landmark lawsuit to block AT&T from buying Time Warner goes to trial next week. CNN, David Goldman, March 16 (also ran in 15 other outlets)
Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering around the edges of a deeper problem — its insatiable appetite for the data it uses to sell ads? Atlanta Journal Constitution/Associated Press, Ryan Nakashima and Matt O'Brien, March 26

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is now in congressional crosshairs — with his company’s stock plunging and throngs of users ditching his social media service — amid the growing privacy scandal from the Cambridge Analytica controversy. The Boston Herald, Jordan Graham, March 28

For all its fabled dynamism, the American economy isn’t particularly dynamic at the moment. The rate of new business creation is at historic lows. Fast Company, Ben Schiller, March 21

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering around the edges of a deeper problem — its insatiable appetite for the data it uses to sell ads? Associated Press, April 10 (ran in 776 outlets)

We all know that ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft operate dynamic, or “surge”, pricing: they change their prices in real time, according to supply and demand. The Guardian, Arwa Mahdawi, April 13 (also ran in Yahoo! News)

Mark Zuckerberg came to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress for the first time, trading his customary gray T-shirt for a snappy, hearing-appropriate suit and armed with a litany of well-rehearsed talking points. Fortune, Aaron Pressman, April 20 (also ran on Yahoo! News)

If data is the most valuable currency of the digital economy, at what point does a company have so much that it becomes unfair? That’s a question antitrust experts are increasingly asking themselves as the world’s biggest technology companies harvest more and more information about people and businesses. New York Times, Adam Satariano, April 23

Antitrust regulators had long opposed reducing the number of major wireless carriers from four down to three. But Sprint and T‑Mobile combined would have greater resources to build a 5G system more quickly than either could separately. Fortune, Aaron Pressman, May 22

With a judge set to rule in the trial over the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, any decision could have a far-reaching impact on the media and communications sector and the future course of antitrust enforcement. Daily Mail, June 9

The AT&T-Time Warner decision will reverberate across big business. Corporate executives were watching Judge Richard Leon's decision closely. And they got what they were hoping for. CNN, David Goldman, June 12

The court approval for the mega-merger of telecom-broadband giant AT&T with media-entertainment conglomerate Time Warner opens the corporate chessboard for more dealmaking and diminishes the prospects for a major antitrust action against Big Tech firms. Agence France Presse, Rob Lever, June 13 (ran in 12 international outlets)

The hipster antitrust movement is resonating due to the dominance of technology firms and evidence that markets are more concentrated and less competitive. Los Angeles Times, September 19

The consumer-welfare standard that undergirds modern antitrust enforcement is under attack. A new paper coauthored by Stucke proposes an alternative that would revive the original aims of antitrust law—namely, to preserve competitive market structures. Forbes, Oct. 5

2017

The CVS-Aetna deal could serve as a major test of the Trump administration's resolve to live up to its newfound reputation as a tough-as-nails antitrust cop. CNN, David Goldman, Dec. 4 (ran in 10 local outlets)

The U.S. has neither an antitrust movement nor much enforcement. That needs to change. Harvard Business Review, Dec. 15

If the government goes to court to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, as seems increasingly likely, it may well be the antitrust case of the decade, even without the claims of presidential meddling that have already engulfed the deal in partisan controversy. New York Times, James Stewart, Nov. 16 (also ran in Seattle Times); Agence France-Presse (ran in Daily Mail, Brietbart)

Google will allow rivals to bid on coveted advertising spots that it previously reserved for itself at the top of product search results in Europe, but there are widespread doubts that the move will create meaningful competition. Wired, Sept. 28; Long Island Tech News, Sept. 28

 

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