US President Joe Biden nominated lawyer and Google critic Jonathan Kanter as the head of antitrust at the Department of Justice on Tuesday. This is the latest sign of the White House’s determination to control the world’s largest companies, especially large technology companies.

Progressives advocating stronger enforcement of antitrust laws pushed for the nomination of Kanter, who recently founded his own law firm, Kanter Law Group LLP, which describes itself as an “antitrust propaganda boutique.”

The White House called Kanter “the main advocate and expert in efforts to promote strong and meaningful antitrust enforcement and competition policies.”

For many years, he has represented Alphabet’s Google competitors. The Justice Department sued Google last year, claiming that Google violated antitrust laws in trying to hinder competitors.

The Biden administration previously selected two antitrust progressives with technical expertise, namely Tim Wu of the National Economic Commission and Commissioner Lina Khan of the Federal Trade Commission.

Sarah Miller, executive director of the U.S. Economic Freedom Project, stated that Kanter “developed many of the most successful legal arguments and promoted major antitrust investigations of large technology companies.”

Kanter declined to comment on the nomination.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kanter, who previously worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and two other large law firms, will take over the anti-monopoly department of the Ministry of Justice, because it calls for comprehensive enforcement of law, especially criticizing Google and Facebook. Books, Amazon and Apple.

These tech giants have been under investigation for about two years. A panel in the US House of Representatives issued a report in October stating that they used “killer acquisitions” to fend off competitors, charge high fees and force small businesses to sign “oppressive” agreements. contract. The name of the profit.

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These companies firmly deny any wrongdoing.

Kanter’s Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will play a key role in implementing Biden’s executive order, which is designed to promote competition throughout the U.S. economy. In addition to suing Google, the Justice Department is also investigating Apple.

The Federal Trade Commission and the judiciary are responsible for anti-monopoly enforcement.

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