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The American Antitrust Institute hosted its 17th Annual Conference "Living with Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy"  on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

The founder and former President of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Albert (Bert) Foer, received the Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award at the Consumer Federation of America’s 2016 Awards Dinner on June 22 in Washington DC.  The text of Foer's acceptance can be found here.  

Acting Associate Attorney General Bill Baer presented the keynote address at AAI’s 17th Annual Conference “Living With Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy” on June 16. Read Baer’s speech here. Baer addressed a packed house at the conference luncheon. AAI’s Invitational Symposium “The Non-Price Effects of Mergers,” held June 15, tackled another timely and important merger enforcement question. Both conferences attracted a wide cross-section of the antitrust community. 

Jonathan B. Baker was awarded the Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship today at the American Antitrust Institute's Annual Conference. The Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship was created through a trust established in honor of the late Jerry S. Cohen, an outstanding trial lawyer and antitrust writer. It is administered by the law firm he founded, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. The award is given each year to the best antitrust writing during the prior year that is consistent with the following standards established by the Board of Trustees of the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund.

The American Antitrust Institute hosted its 17th Annual Conference "Living with Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy"  on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, the American Antitrust Institute hosted its 2016 Invitational Symposium, Non-price Effects And Mergers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.  The symposim examined the increasing importance of and emphasis on non-price dimensions of competition in merger analysis. This included 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.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief with other public interest groups urging the Supreme Court to reverse a decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that unreasonably expands the value of design patents.  The ruling at issue requires that infringers of design patents pay damages in the amount of their total profits on an infringing article (here, smartphones), regardless of whether the design patent contributed to the value of the article, even if the infringement is innocent.

Thomas Horton, Professor of Law and Heidepriem Trail Advocacy Fellow, University of South Dakota School of Law will testify at the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee of Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing on the China element of international antitrust law. Read Professor Horton’s testimony here

In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to challenge the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.