Antitrust law focus of Federalist symposiumBy Jennifer Vanasco
The development of the Internet and recent increased government regulation of competition have led to a new scrutiny of antitrust law.
Is antitrust law obsolete? What are the alternatives? What can we learn from the Microsoft case? Does the Constitution limit the governments ability to regulate competition? Do political considerations taint the governments ability to improve the efficiency of markets?
These issues and other issues of competition will be discussed at the 18th Federalist Society Symposium titled Competition, Free Markets and the Law.
The event, hosted by the Chicago Law School and organized by its student Federalist Society, will be held Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10.
Panelists will include the Hon. Douglas Melamed, U.S. principal deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust; the Hon. William Baer, director of the Bureau of Competition in the Federal Trade Commission; Gary Reback, an antitrust attorney with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati and a leading Microsoft detractor; the Hons. Frank Easterbrook and Diane Wood, judges for the 7th Circuit and Senior Lecturers in the Law School; and Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School. The Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, will give the keynote address at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10.