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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Latest on Monopolization

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The American Antitrust Institute's annual conference is just around the corner.   This year's topic is  “The Future of Monopoly and Monopolization.”  You can register hereThe conference will be held on June 21, 2007 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The conference includes a gala luncheon, at which the Jerry S.  Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship and the AAI Antitrust Achievement Award are presented. A special presentation will be made to career civil servants.

The Future of Monopoly and Monopolization

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Robert Lande, Venable Professor of Law, University of Baltimore

8:45 a.m.
An Overview of Section 2 Enforcement and Developments
Bonny Sweeney, Partner. Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP

9:15 a.m.
The Conservative Case for Anti-Monopoly Policy
Irwin Stelzer, Director of Economic Policy Studies, The Hudson Institute

9:35 a.m.
The Meaning of a Global Market for Monopoly
Hector Ruiz, CEO, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

10:00 a.m.
Reflections on the Abuse of Dominance in the Context of Developing Countries
Philippe Brusick, Former Head of Competition and Consumer Policies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

10:30 a.m.-11:50 p.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions for Facilitated Discussion

Buyer Power
Facilitator: Peter Carstensen, Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
Paul Dobson, Professor, Loughborough University Business School
John Kirkwood, Professor, Seattle University Law School

Section 2 in the Political Arena
Facilitator: William S. Comanor, Economist, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara
Jonathan Cuneo, Partner, Cuneo, Waldman, Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP
Seth Bloom, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee
Robert Hubbard, Director of Litigation, Antitrust Bureau of New York, and Chair of the NAAG Multistate Antitrust Task Force

International Perspectives on Dominance
Facilitator: Philippe Brusick, Former Head of Competition and Consumer Policies, UNCTAD
Randolph Tritell, Director, Office of International Affairs, Federal Trade Commission and Co-Chair ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group
Hector Ruiz, CEO, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

12:00 p.m.
Luncheon

Welcome and Report on AAI
Albert A. Foer, President, American Antitrust Institute 

Presentation of the Fifth Annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Award for Antitrust Scholarship
Herbert Milstein, Partner, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll 

Presentation of Career Civil Service Award
William Kovacic, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission 
Presentation of AAI Antitrust Achievement Award to Maxwell Blecher
Jonathan Cuneo, Partner, Cuneo, Waldman, Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP
Warren Grimes, Professor, Southwestern Law School

2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions for Facilitated Discussion

Essential Facilities and Leveraging Doctrines
Facilitator: Diana Moss, Director and Senior Fellow, AAI
Spencer Waller, Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Warren Grimes, Professor, Southwestern Law School

Bundling Issues
Facilitator: Eric Cramer, Partner, Berger & Montague
Jonathan Rubin, Partner, Patton & Boggs
Thomas M. Susman, Partner, Ropes and Gray; Counsel, Association of Research Libraries 

Aftermarkets
Facilitator: Gregory Gundlach, Professor, University of North Florida
Norman Hawker, Professor, Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business Lorenzo Coppi, Vice President, CRA International

3:00 p.m.
Report on the Joint Hearings on Single-Firm ConductThomas O. Barnett, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

3:30 p.m.
Is There an Emerging “ Washington Consensus” on Single-Firm Conduct?
William S. Comanor Economist, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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