Antitrust Law (LAW-692-001)
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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 goes beyond Supreme Court case law to study influential modern lower court decisions and government enforcement guidelines. Although economic concepts and thinking characteristic of contemporary antitrust analysis are integrated throughout, the economic content of the course is accessible to students without background in that field.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Andrew I. Gavil, William E. Kovacic, & Jonathan B. Baker, Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (2d ed. 2008). Recommended: Kaplow & Shavell, Microeconomics (2004). PLEASE NOTE: The Kaplow & Shavell book is an excellent short introduction to or quick review of basic microeconomics. It appears now to be out of print, but used (and perhaps some new) copies are available on line. It is valuable particularly for anyone who has not previously taken any course in economics.
First Class Readings
For our first class session, please read: (1) pages 2-4, 16-26, 32-33, 37-40, 56-65 in Gavil, Kovacic & Baker, Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (2d ed. 2008); and (2) the Antitrust Law Overview document posted in the Handouts folder of the Course Materials section of the MyWCL site for the course. PLEASE NOTE: In case you have not yet been able to obtain a new or used copy of the casebook, you can find a copy of the casebook pages assigned this week in the Course Materials section of the MyWCL site for the course.