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Save the Date for AAI's Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference December 4, 2012

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6th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
National Press Club, Washington DC

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, the American Antitrust Institute will host its 6th Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Tuition for this program is $250 with a discounted rate of $50 for government employees, educators, public interest advocates, and students.

Panel Descriptions

Employment Antitrust Litigation
A discussion of key issues in major cases involving hospital nurses, petroleum industry employees, high tech employees, medical residents, and others. Such issues include: Can a class be certified? How can monopsony power be proved? When are information exchanges unlawful? What damages models are available?

Current Status and Trends in Use of Truncated or "Quick Look" Analysis
Andrew Gavil presents his new paper "Moving Beyond Caricature and Characterization: The Modern Rule of Reason in Practice" and Jonathan Baker presents his new paper "Exclusion as a Core Competition Concern" followed by a discussion of the history and recent development of truncated analysis including how courts are wrongly confining its use and might apply it more effectively across a wider range of conduct.

Litigation in Regulated Industries
Experts will explore recent developments in the insurance and energy industries and how those developments affect the private enforcement of antitrust law.

Class Action Developments
Panel will discuss recent developments in Rule 23 jurisprudence in antitrust cases, including continuing developments in the law of predominance post-Hydrogen Peroxide, the effects of the Supreme Court's decisions in Concepcion and Dukes, and the changing role of economists at the class certification stage. Panel will also consider what the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules has in store for possible changes to Rule 23.

AAI Jury Instruction Project
An update on progress on the antitrust jury instructions project, including materials prepared on one or more instructions. The AAI jury instructions will provide an alternative to the ABA Model Jury Instructions. We will also discuss possible next steps (e.g., focus groups, testing for comprehension).

Up to 5 CLE credits are expected. 

Networking opportunities have been built into the program, including breakfast, a networking break, and a cocktail reception.

Speakers include: 
  • Jonathan Baker, Professor, American University's Washington College of Law
  • F. Paul Bland, Jr., Senior Attorney, Public Justice
  • Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Partner, Lieff Cabraser; Federal Civil Rules Committee
  • Eric Cramer, Shareholder, Berger & Montague, P.C.
  • Joshua P. Davis, Professor and Director, Center for Law and Ethics, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Bert Foer, President, American Antitrust Institute
  • Kathleen Foote, Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice
  • Andrew I. Gavil, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
  • Daniel E. Gustafson, Partner, Gustafson Gluek PLLC
  • Peter Kohn, Partner, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP
  • Joseph R Saveri, Founder, Joseph Saveri Law Firm
  • Dan Small, Partner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
  • Gregory Vistnes, Vice President, Charles River Associates
  • Shannon Wheatman, Kinsella Media, LLC

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