Expert Doubts Antitrust Claims Over Text Messaging

Law360, New York (October 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Evidence does not appear to support a senator’s inquiry of the top four U.S. cell phone carriers over rising prices for text messaging or the price-fixing allegations from the 20 different proposed consumer class actions that followed, according to an antitrust expert’s analysis.

Christian Dippon of NERA Economic Consulting released a white paper on Thursday criticizing the claims against the carriers as meaningless and incomplete unless the parties define the economic market. Dippon said his own analysis of the U.S. wireless industry showed that the carriers...
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