Antitrust Law (LAW-692-001)
Assessment: Open-book exam; Class Participation.
Description: 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. 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. Evaluation, Class Participation: Course grading will be based primarily on a final examination, although class participation will also be considered. Class attendance is mandatory unless excused in advance by the instructor for medical or other emergency reasons. The final exam will be completely open book and notebook, but students will not be allowed to consult or confer with any digital resources or other persons during the exam. Notebook computers may be used during the final examination to organize and write examination answers. (Information on any software requirements for the final exam will be announced later in the semester, well in advance of the final exam period). Casebook problems that are assigned in the syllabus will be discussed in class; unless specifically assigned, please do not prepare any associated skills exercise or problem sets. Recording of classes is not permitted without the instructor’s advance permission and the consent of every student. Exceptions will be made for students who present a signed letter of accommodation. In-class use of electronic devices: Notebook computers and other electronic devices may be used during class sessions only for purposes directly related to class. Other uses, including social media, email, messaging, unrelated web surfing, shopping, gaming, etc., can be distracting to your classmates and have a negative effect on your academic performance. Cell phones and any other personal communications device ringers should be disabled before the beginning of class sessions.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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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).
First Class Readings
Please come to the first class prepared to discuss Chapter 1, pages 6-13 (Andreas); 17-35 (Background); 44-46 (Brunswick); 47-51 (Background); 51-53 (JTC); and 54-55 (Background).
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