Antitrust Law (LAW-692-001)
Please obtain the textbook or access to the readings prior to the first day of class. Students should come to the first class (and each subsequent class) prepared to discuss the assigned readings.
This course examines the laws that protect consumers by ensuring competition in the marketplace. Topics include agreements among rivals, agreements between firms and their suppliers and customers, monopolization, mergers, and antitrust and the “new economy.” The course builds on Supreme Court case law to study influential modern lower court decisions and government enforcement guidelines. Although the economic concepts and thinking characteristic of contemporary antitrust analysis are integrated throughout, the economic content of the course is accessible to students without a background in that field. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the economic underpinnings of modern antitrust law and policy, demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze issues arising from collusionary and exclusionary anticompetitive practices, and demonstrate the ability to resolve hypotheticals concerning such practices
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Page references are to Andrew I. Gavil, William E. Kovacic, Jonathan B. Baker & Joshua D. Wright, ANTITRUST LAW IN PERSPECTIVE: CASES, CONCEPTS AND PROBLEMS IN COMPETITION POLICY (3d ed. 2017). References to pages from the casebook “Supplement” are available on the course myWCL website. Assigned readings from materials other than the casebook will be posted. Readings should be placed on reserve in the Pence Law Library for class reference (subject to the library’s public health policies in place at the time). Students who do not have access to the reading are responsible for contacting the instructor to make alternative arrangements prior to the date for which the reading is assigned. This initial syllabus may be revised periodically during the semester.
First Class Readings
Introduction to Antitrust Law, Chapter 1: 6-13 (Andreas); 17-35 (Background); 44-46 (Brunswick); 47-51 (Background); 51-53 (JTC); and 54-55 (Background).
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