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Today, the AAI issued a letter to the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Hank Johnson. 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.” The 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.

Working Paper No. 16-01 updates AAI’s efforts to track the expanding legal, economics, and business research and policy analysis on entrepreneurship and antitrust. It builds on the bibliography contained in AAI Working Paper No. 15-01, issued in early 2015. The AAI’s ongoing work on the relationship between entrepreneurship and antitrust is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. AAI Research Fellow Kyle Virtue authored the updated bibliography.

On Thursday, April 7 AAI President Diana Moss will participate in the panel discussion "Consumers v. The Public Interest: Divergent Merger Standards?" at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section¹s Annual Spring Meeting in Washington DC.

On Wednesday, March 16, AAI President Diana Moss discussed the antitrust implications of the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana health insurance mergers currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Building on its history of involvement in IP competition issues, the AAI is launching the IP Competition Project. The Project brings together AAI’s existing research, education, and advocacy with respect to patent and other IP issues; makes such work a key organizational priority; and expands AAI’s work in new directions. Visit the AAI IP Competition Project page to learn more about specific objectives, priorities, and opportunities to support the initiative. 

For 16 years, the AAI’s Annual Energy Roundtable has gathered experts in antitrust and regulation from government, industry, advocacy, and academia to discuss major competition policy issues involving electricity and energy.  The keynote address for this year’s Energy Roundtable will be delivered by Nancy L. Rose, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is the premier non-profit organization devoted to promoting competition and the use of antitrust enforcement as a vital component of national and international competition policy. Based in Washington, D.C., the AAI fulfills its research, education, and advocacy mission through amicus briefs, regulatory filings, commentaries, testimony, studies, conferences and other programs.  The full-time staff of lawyers and economists is complemented by a virtual network of advisors that includes some of the world’s most highly respected antitrust experts.  

As part of its efforts to promote the vitality of private enforcement in general and to preserve antitrust class actions in particular, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) issues periodic updates on developments in the courts and elsewhere that may affect this important device for protecting competition and consumers.  This update covers developments since the November 2015 update.  Many of these issues were considered at AAI’s 9th Annual Private Enforcement Conference, the audio and materials from which are available here.  Be sure to mark your calendars for AAI’s 10th Annual Private Enforcement Conference, which will be held on November 9, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.   

The Concurrences Competition Law Review’s latest On-Topic issue “Competition Law and Policy and the Food Value Chain” (No. 1-2016) features articles by AAI President Diana Moss and AAI Advisory Board members Peter C. Carstensen and Ioannis Lianos. The issue revisits the complex issues rising in the food sector and its value chain.

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the AAI today outlined the competitive concerns raised by the proposed merger of generic pharmaceutical makers Teva and Allergan. The letter was written by AAI Advisor Bill Comanor, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara and Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of California, Los Angeles, and AAI President Diana Moss