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Friday, January 11, 2008

Antitrust and the Airline Industry: A Performance Review of 30 Years of Deregulation

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Darren Bush of the University of Houston Law Center has put together an excellent program on Antitrust and the Airline Industry: A Performance Review of 30 Years of Deregulation, sponsored by the University of Houston Law Review.

January 25, 2007 8:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
University of Houston Law Center CLE Credit: 5.5 Hours
Registration Fee: $200
($100 for academics, students and government employees)

Thirty years after airline deregulation took to the friendly skies, opinions remain sharply divided. Proponents cite effi ciencies of operation and reduced costs to passengers, while detractors say deregulation continues to threaten the industry.

This provocative one-day symposium will look at all sides of deregulation as it covers topics ranging from competition issues to proposed “mega-mergers” among large U.S. carriers.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
J. Bruce McDonald, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, now partner at Jones Day.

PRESENTERS:
Diana Moss, American Antitrust Institute
Shubha Ghosh, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Darren Bush, University of Houston Law Center
Paul Stephen Dempsey, McGill University

COMMENTATORS:
Michael Levine, NYU School of Law
Rufus W. Oliver III, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, TX.
Chris Sagers, Cleveland State University
James V. Dick, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., Washington, D.C.
Peter Carstensen, University of Wisconsin Law School
Joseph J. Simons, Paul Weiss, Washington, D.C.

RSVP to airline@uh.edu

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Opinions may remain "sharply divided" but there sure won't be much division of opinion here. Admittedly, I don't know everyone participating, but of the folks I know, I count six highly skeptical voices and only one possible quasi-backer of deregulation (by virtue of his client list, not his education or background). I count no strong deregulation/merger proponents among the presenters--or have I characterized someone incorrectly?

Posted by: geoff | Jan 11, 2008 9:55:08 AM

Geoff raises a good point. However, the information above does not include the total of our panelists. The complete list and schedule is below. Best, Darren.

Introduction (8:30 – 9: a.m.)
Welcome – Raymond Nimmer, University of Houston Law Center
Darren Bush, University of Houston Law Center

I. Session 1 (9-10:30)
Competition Issues Arising from Joint Conduct: Airline Alliances, Mergers and other Coordination Conundra
Presenter: Diana Moss, American Antirust Institute.
Commentators: Michael Levine, NYU School of Law
Rufus W. Oliver III, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, TX.

Break 10:30 – 10:45

II. Session 2 (10:45 – 12:15)
Monopolization, Abuse of Dominant Position, and Other Structural Conundra

Presenter: Shubha Ghosh, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
and Darren Bush, University of Houston Law Center
Commentators: Chris Sagers, Cleveland State University
James V. Dick, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., Washington, D.C.

Lunch (12:15 – 1:45)
Speaker: J. Bruce McDonald, Partner, Jones Day and Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division

III. Session 3 (2 p.m. – 3:30)
The Performance of the Airline Industry Post-Deregulation

Presenter: Paul Stephen Dempsey, McGill University
Commentators: Peter Carstensen, University of Wisconsin Law School
Joseph J. Simons, Paul Weiss, Washington, D.C.

Posted by: Darren | Jan 14, 2008 7:33:43 AM

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