The American Antitrust Institute seeks to preserve the effectiveness of antitrust class actions as a central component of ensuring the vitality of private antitrust enforcement. As part of its efforts, 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 November 2016.
Today, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) released the cartel chapter of its forthcoming Transition Report on Competition Policy to the 45th President of the United States. The chapter is entitled American Cartel Enforcement in Our Global Era. This release is part of a series of previews in which the AAI will make select chapters of the transition report available for download in advance of the report’s publication.
On February 8, 2017, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) held its first International Antitrust Roundtable entitled Critical Issues in Global Antitrust: Comity, Intellectual Property, and Due Process. AAI staff prepared a report summarizing highlights of the interactive, full-day program, where experts from around the world convened to discuss important legal, economic, and political developments affecting international competition policy. To download the report, click here.
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is pleased to receive requests for information about research fellowships and summer internships. We are offering research fellowships for recent law school graduates and economists beginning in the summer or fall of 2017. We are offering 2017 summer internships for law students. Click here for more information.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. AAI President Diana Moss said, “AAI will continue to review Judge Gorsuch’s record and press the Senate to ensure any Supreme Court nominee is committed to enforcement of the antitrust laws. Such enforcement should be consistent with congressional intent throughout the past many decades, thereby ensuring the robust continuation of free and competitive markets.”
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court to affirm that price-fixing overcharges on fees may not be offset by purported savings on other elements of service.
On February 8, 2017, the American Antitrust Institute will host its first International Antitrust Roundtable "Critical Issues in Global Antitrust: Comity, Intellectual Property, and Due Process." Experts from business, academia, law, and government in the U.S. and abroad will discuss major competition enforcement and policy issues on the global antitrust agenda.
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief with a group of leading intellectual property law professors urging the Supreme Court to reverse a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision that sharply restricts the patent exhaustion doctrine.
Today, the AAI praised Judge John D. Bates’s opinion granting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) an injunction to block the merger of health insurers Aetna and Humana. AAI President Diana Moss noted, “This is a victory for competition and consumers. The opinion sets forth a clear, logical, and understandable rationale for why the merger would have raised prices and reduced benefits to consumers in important health insurance markets.”
"Attempts by the incoming administration to broker merger deals or directly negotiate merger concessions signal a fundamental disregard for the law and for due process. Antitrust enforcers play the important role of referee in protecting competition and our market system. Every consumer, producer, competitor, and customer should be able to count on a fair, predictable, and transparent process for government review of mergers. The end-runs that we are seeing in key mergers such as Monsanto-Bayer not only abuse the process, they imperil our markets, our economy, and our society.”
- American Antitrust Institute President Diana Moss