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The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court not to allow copyrights on industry-standard software interfaces to be used to lock consumers into a dominant firm’s product line. 

Twenty years ago, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) started the movement for a progressive approach to antitrust enforcement and policy. AAI continues to be the leader in the progressive space and is highly regarded for its independent and expert analysis of competition issues. It has a major impact on competition enforcement and policy, shaping outcomes that promote markets, innovation, and benefits for consumers.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a controversial 3-2 party-line vote, chose to repeal net neutrality rules. As part of this rollback, it also reclassified internet service providers (ISPs) as Title I “information services” rather than Title II “telecommunications services.” The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules contravenes the agency’s important public interest mandate and will likely lead to anticompetitive and anti-consumer outcomes. Repeal places an unreasonable burden on antitrust enforcement to police anticompetitive, anti-consumer conduct by dominant ISPs. It also dissolves the partnership between sector regulation and antitrust enforcement that has been vital for promoting competition and innovation on the internet. AAI’s commentary explains the issues and their implications here.

Throughout 2017, AAI carried out extensive research, education, and advocacy initiatives. AAI’s work has meaningful and demonstrated impact by facilitating pro-competitive and pro-consumer outcomes in the enforcement and policy arenas. We look forward to serving the public in 2018 as we extend important existing programs and take on new issues.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court decision that creates a substantial barrier to combatting anticompetitive conduct in the credit card industry and other industries that involve interdependent markets. It was one of 14 amicus briefs filed urging reversal.

AAI President Diana Moss testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights on December 13, 2017. The subject of the hearing was "Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust: Outdated or a Harbor I’m a Sea of Doubt?" 

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative opposing the imposition of “safeguard restrictions” on the import of Large Residential Washers (LRWs) under Section 201 of the Trade Act.

Today, AAI issued a commentary on the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) recent move to block the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. AAI applauds the government’s decision. It reflects sound enforcement of Section 7 of the Clayton Act in an area of merger control that has been of concern to many policymakers for years. The government has laid out a strong case for how the merger could potentially harm the competitive process and consumers. And contrary to some claims, the DOJ’s move to block the merger is supported by a long-standing record of enforcement on vertical mergers. 

AAI offers a selection of useful resources on vertical merger enforcement that are helpful in evaluating proposed combinations and past enforcement. Items will be added over time. 

On December 7th, Slade Bond will deliver the keynote remarks during the luncheon for the American Antitrust Institute's Airline Roundtable.