Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 5: Competitors in the Digital Economy

On Friday, the House Antitrust Subcommittee will hold a field hearing at the University of Colorado, Boulder Law School. The hearing is titled “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 5: Competitors in the Digital Economy” and will include testimony from the CEOs of Sonos, Popsocket, and Basecamp, as well as the Vice President and General Counsel of Tile. The House will be in recess next week following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Impeachment Trial

On Tuesday, the Senate will hold opening arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial. The trial’s impeachment managers, who will serve as prosecutors, were appointed this Wednesday by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and are led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). In addition, the group consists of Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Val Demings (D-FA), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX). The trial itself will begin only after the Senate agrees to take up Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) rules package.

World Economic Forum

Several members of the Cabinet, led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will join the President next week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mnuchin will meet with his French counterpart during the summit to discuss the ongoing dispute around France’s digital services tax (DST).

Workshop on Venture Capital Investment and Antitrust Law

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division will hold a public workshop on February 12 at Stanford University focused on venture capital investment and antitrust law. The workshop will feature speeches from Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim as well as industry professionals and academics from Stanford’s law and business schools.

Read more in McGuireWoods Consulting’s Emerging Technologies Washington Update.