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623 - Federal Antitrust Law
Professor: James A. Wilson
Semester: 2010 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Exam and Class Participation
The antitrust laws are designed to prevent private parties from interfering with competitive markets, which the law presumes are the best means of enhancing consumer welfare. This course examines the statutory prohibitions upon cartel behavior and upon monopolization and attempts to monopolize, as well as the intersection of economics and the law with respect to how market power is identified and defined. The course also examines various business practices that allegedly either restrain trade or increase market power, including combinations of firms to fix prices or to divide territories or customers, group boycotts, distribution restrictions, predatory pricing, refusals to deal, and mergers and acquisitions.
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