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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

49th Annual Antitrust Law Institute

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PLI will host its 49th Annual Antitrust Law Institute in New York on May 5. 

Morning Session:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

9:00  Introduction

9:15  Relationships Among Competitors

  • Overview of Section 1 of the Sherman Act
  • Per se versus rule of reason analysis
  • Pleading and proving a conspiracy after Twombly
  • Horizontal price-fixing
  • Bidding coordination
  • Allocation of customers and markets
  • Concerted refusals to deal 
  • Recent developments in technology markets
  • Antitrust standards governing joint ventures:
    - Formation of joint venture
    - Ancillary restraints in joint venture agreements
    -Conduct of joint ventures
  • Implications of Dagher
  • Recent judicial developments and enforcement actions
  • Standard-setting: Current trends, including Rambus
  • Patent pools

Michael D. Blechman, William J. Kolasky

10:45  Break

11:00  Monopolization

  • Overview of Section 2 of the Sherman Act
  • Courts’ interpretation of the elements of a claim
  • Review of recent critical cases 
  • Working with evolving standards of “anticompetitive conduct”
  • Practical problems in defining relevant markets
  • Current issues in defining market power
  • Loyalty and bundled discounts after LePage’s and PeaceHealth
  • Power buyers: Who’s at risk for a Section 2 claim?

R. Hewitt Pate

12:00  Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:15  Acquisitions and Mergers

  • Elements of Section 7 of the Clayton Act
  • 1992 horizontal merger guidelines and H-S-R reporting
  • Current enforcement activities: Federal and state
  • Recent decisions involving unilateral and coordinated competitive effects
  • Investigations of non-reportable transactions
  • Retrospective challenges
  • Gun jumping and pre-merger integration
  • Consent decrees

Yvonne S. Quinn

2:15  Evolving Face of Resale Price Maintenance, Tying and Other Vertical Restraints

  • Tool kit: Practical tips and advice
  • Establishing the “agreement” requirement
  • Resale price maintenance
  • Minimum advertised price programs
  • Dual distribution
  • Counseling in light of Leegin
  • Exclusive dealing: Mitigating the risks of a claim
  • Tying in the wake of Independent Ink and Microsoft
  • Special considerations in aftermarkets and vestiges of Kodak
  • Current government enforcement

Arthur I. Cantor

3:30  Break

3:45  Managing Litigation Risks: HYPOTHETICALS

  • Focus on real-world scenarios and how they play out
    - Bundled discounts
    - Standard setting
    - Attempted monopolization and other anticompetitive conduct

Arthur I. Cantor, R. Hewitt Pate, Gary P. Zanfagna

5:00  Adjourn

Second Day: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

9:00  Discrimination in Price and Promotions

  • Basic elements of discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act
  • Availability
  • Functional discounts
  • Secondary line injury and risks of private suits
  • Counseling after Reeder-Simco
  • Meeting competition and cost justification
  • Buyer liability
  • Advertising and promotional discriminations
  • Proving antitrust injury and damages
  • Dual distribution under the R-P Act

Harvey M. Applebaum, Barbara O. Bruckmann

11:00  Break

11:15  Recent International Developments

  • Cartel enforcement
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Significant differences between U.S. and EU
    - Vertical restraints
    - Merger enforcement

MJ Moltenbrey

12:15  Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


1:15  Dealing with the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies: DISCUSSION and HYPOTHETICAL

  • Hear from current and former staff at the:
    - Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
    - Federal Trade Commission
    - Offices of State Attorneys General
  • Learn practical lessons from a hypothetical on negotiating an amnesty agreement

Robert L. Hubbard, William J. Kolasky, John W. McReynolds, David L. Meyer, MJ Moltenbrey, Debra J. Pearlstein, Jeffrey Schmidt

2:45  Break

3:00  Corporate Compliance and Ethics (1 hour ethics)

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Attorney-client privilege, including Akzo-Nobel
  • Document destruction and retention
  • Other “process” crimes

John W. McReynolds, Mark D. Whitener

4:00  Adjourn

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