Sunday, March 23, 2008

2007 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Recently published is the ABA Antitrust Section's 2007 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments.

SUMMARY:  For over 35 years, Antitrust Law Developments and its annual supplements have been recognized as the single most authoritative and comprehensive set of research tools for antitrust practitioners. The 2007 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments summarizes developments during 2007 in the courts, at the agencies, and in Congress.

Among other topics, the 2007 Annual Review discusses:
" The two landmark Supreme Court decisions under Section 1 of the Sherman Act: Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS, and Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly
" Developments in monopolization law, including the Supreme Court's Weyerhaeuser decision, and decisions by the United States Courts of Appeals and lower courts concerning private standard-setting and bundled-pricing claims
" The Supreme Court's decision in Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Billing addressing the interaction between the securities laws and the antitrust laws
" The many developments in merger and acquisition antitrust enforcement, including the FTC actions brought against Equitable Resources' acquisition of Peoples Natural Gas Company, Western Refining's acquisition of Giant Industries, and Whole Foods Market's acquisition of Wild Oats , as well as enforcement actions against consummated mergers
" FTC and DOJ challenges to joint negotiation and rate-setting ventures among independent physicians and hospitals
" Federal courts' application of the Supreme Court's 2006 decision in Volvo Trucks North America v. Reeder-Simco GMC, Inc. regarding claims brought under the Robinson-Patman Act
" State antitrust challenges from preemption claims to Commerce Clause challenges
" FTC challenges to real estate multiple listing services regarding allegations that they restrained competition in the real estate brokerage market
" Developments in the Antitrust Division's amnesty program 
" Details and impact of the Report of the U.S. Antitrust Modernization Commission to Congress and the President

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