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The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will present Senator Amy Klobuchar with the 2018 Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement at AAI’s 19th Annual Conference on June 21. Senator Klobuchar is the Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.

AAI is pleased to announced that articles from its multidisciplinary symposium: Non-Price Effects of Mergers has been published by the Antitrust Bulletin (Vol. 63, No. 2, June 2018). The symposium, held in June 2016, examined the increasing importance of and emphasis on non-price dimensions of competition in merger analysis. This includes the effects of a merger on competition involving product quality, variety, service, innovation, etc. Experts from law, economics, and the business schools convened to offer insights on the nature and prospective role of non-price effects in merger analysis, challenges that they pose for antitrust enforcement, and suggested approaches for highlighting and integrating such analysis into enforcement decisions and competition policy.

Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, will deliver the keynote address during the luncheon of the American Antitrust Institute’s 19th Annual Conference on Thursday, June 21.    Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues, and institutions. 

Today, AAI issued a letter opposing the SMARTER Act to the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, David Cicilline. The SMARTER Act proposes “[t]o amend the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide that the Federal Trade Commission shall exercise authority with respect to mergers only under the Clayton Act and only in the same procedural manner as the Attorney General exercises such authority.” AAI reviewed workload statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to examine whether the premise of the SMARTER Act is sound. The review indicates that the concerns of the bill’s sponsors are without foundation and that the SMARTER Act would not serve the interests of competition or consumers. The letter summarizes AAI’s analysis and findings.

On Thursday June 21, 2018, the American Antitrust Institute will host its 19th Annual Conference "Antitrust at a Crossroads: Plotting the Policy Course for the Next Decade." The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has granted 4.5 CLE credits for this program.  Register today!