Even though the Federal Trade Commission has begun a "formal review" of Google's business, the agency may never bring a case. And if trustbusters do file an antitrust suit against Google, it's not at all clear they can win.
But one lesson learned from a similar regulatory probe a decade ago is that antitrust actions alone have a way of slowing dominant companies down.
The case, of course, is the Department of Justice's antitrust suit against Microsoft. The landmark case, in which Microsoft was branded a monopolist, led ultimately to a settlement that was widely … Read more