Monday, May 18, 2020

Reconsidering Judicial Supremacy in Antitrust

Sanjukta Paul, Wayne State University Law School is Reconsidering Judicial Supremacy in Antitrust.

ABSTRACT: This paper reconsiders the foundations of judicial supremacy in antitrust, which rests ultimately upon the claim that the Sherman Act is a "common law statute." The common law statute thesis is that Congress delegated to judges the power to invent the criteria by which the law will allocate economic coordination rights under antitrust law. But Congress intended no such fundamental delegation of law-making power to the judiciary, as a reconsideration of the legislative history — informed by an examination of the concepts invoked in key legislative deliberations — shows. Notably, the massive influence of Chicago School law and economics in the domain of antitrust law has been underwritten by this judicial self-empowerment.

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