Discounts/Price Discrimination and Microsoft Issues

1. A number of cases in recent years pit independent operators (such as independent video stores, neighborhood bookstores and local pharmacies) against national chains (such as Blockbuster, Barnes & Nobles and big hospitals). They present a basic philosophical and policy issue: Should we use antitrust laws to protect small business? Or should we simply accept the dictates of the market?

http://www.lawmall.com/wal-martproscons.php

2. The Microsoft Anti-Trust case was interesting. Did the government go too far or not far enough in restricting Microsoft in that case? Review the following links and consider:

http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms_index.htm

http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/01antitrust/microsoft.html

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cyberspace/july-dec99/microsoft_index.html

3. Should American companies refuse to do business in countries
a. That do not practice democracy?
b. That routinely practice discrimination?
c. That tolerate or even encourage the abuse of children? Explain.

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