Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Free the Market

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Lawyer Gary Reback has a new book out titled Free the Market.

BOOK ABSTRACT: Antitrust rules affect just about every aspect of modern life, from the price of clothing to the availability of life-saving pharmaceuticals, from the selection of new computer products to the variety of music on the radio. Yet in recent decades, the development of sound antitrust policy has too often been ignored.

Drawing on the most fascinating legal battles of his career – involving top companies like Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and AT&T – Reback offers a roadmap for the next decade of antitrust law and calls for a new era of stronger government intervention to foster competition and innovation. Among the questions Reback raises:
• Should the government do more to stop controversial mergers?
• Can a company ever compete too hard for the public good?
• Does it help consumers when a manufacturer sets the prices its retailers charge?
• At what point does intellectual property protection hurt innovation?

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