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Antitrust Law

An examination of the development and current state of federal antitrust law, with emphasis on antitrust policy and the practical aspects of practicing antitrust law, whether in an enforcement, private law firm, or corporate capacity. Enrollment is not limited to those pursuing positions at large law firms, but rather, this area of law is equally relevant to the small practitioner and small business. Milestone cases, federal statutes, and administrative pronouncements are closely analyzed to determine which policy objectives have found favor in Congress, enforcement agencies, and the courts. Particular attention is given to the priorities assigned by the U. S. Supreme Court in cases where furtherance of competition is designed to reduce and/or avoid the concentration of economic power in markets, avoid the diminution of economic performance, and promote efficiency and choice in the marketplace. An analytical framework is developed to enable the practitioner to make reasoned predictions about the probable legality of restrictive business practices and to construct antitrust compliance programs for potentially vulnerable clients. The course will also involve the practical aspects of evaluating antitrust issues and consulting with clients on those issues in real-world situations. The class will do some role playing as counsel and clients. One of the principal goals of this class is to give the students an opportunity to learn how antitrust issues evolve and play out in the market and how to work with clients in those contexts.