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The American Antitrust Institute’s Ruled by Reason podcast explores current topics in progressive antitrust with experts from enforcement, business, and academia. Ruled by Reason guests discuss and debate the benefits of competition for markets, consumers, and workers. We delve into the importance of antitrust enforcement for promoting competition in our markets and democratic values in civil society.

Ruled by Reason American Antitrust Institute

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The American Antitrust Institute’s Ruled by Reason podcast explores current topics in progressive antitrust with experts from enforcement, business, and academia. Ruled by Reason guests discuss and debate the benefits of competition for markets, consumers, and workers. We delve into the importance of antitrust enforcement for promoting competition in our markets and democratic values in civil society.

    The State of Private Antitrust Enforcement - Confronting Waning Federal Enforcement and Rising Standards

    The State of Private Antitrust Enforcement - Confronting Waning Federal Enforcement and Rising Standards

    With federal enforcement of the antitrust laws decreasing, state and private enforcers face increasing pressure to fill the gap. But, private antitrust enforcement faces its own considerable and growing challenges - from arbitration provisions, to heightened class certification standards, to court decisions upending well-accepted antitrust doctrine. But, ever resilient, creative, and hopeful, private antitrust enforcers are rising to the challenge and adapting to thrive in the face of adversity. Laura Alexander, AAI Vice President of Policy, talks with Josh Davis and Dan Gustafson, two of the leaders in private antitrust enforcement and scholarship, about the long-term trends and latest developments in private antitrust enforcement, and why they remain optimistic despite it all.

    • 54 min
    The State of State Antitrust Enforcement - Playing a Critical Role Locally and Nationally

    The State of State Antitrust Enforcement - Playing a Critical Role Locally and Nationally

    As the Trump antitrust agencies grapple with institutional and resource constraints, and private plaintiffs face mounting hurdles to class and individual actions, the 50 state attorneys general have become critically important antitrust enforcers in the United States. Randy Stutz, AAI Vice President of Legal Advocacy, speaks with Phil Weiser, the Attorney General of Colorado, and Kathleen Foote, the Antitrust Chief of the California Department of Justice, about how the states are picking up the slack in the U.S. antitrust enforcement system. The experts discuss important ongoing state enforcement and legislative initiatives, some recent dust-ups among state and federal enforcers over antitrust federalism principles, and how the states are thinking about and responding to competition issues raised by the COVID-19 crisis.

    • 48 min
    The State of Federal Antitrust Enforcement: Facing a Crossroads in the Courts, Agencies, and Congress

    The State of Federal Antitrust Enforcement: Facing a Crossroads in the Courts, Agencies, and Congress

    Competition enforcement in the U.S. and abroad are in the spotlight, as concerns over rising concentration and declining competition move onto the radar screens of consumers and workers. These issues are at the center of legislative reform proposals, a rise in state enforcement activity, and will undoubtedly make their way into the November 2020 presidential campaign. AAI President Diana Moss sat down with William Baer, former Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (2013-2016), to talk about the path of antitrust enforcement. In their conversation, Baer provides valuable perspective on the uptick in DOJ enforcement under his leadership during the Obama administration, troubling developments in the courts, cooperation with other enforcers, and the importance of the career staffs of the federal agencies.
    MODERATOR:
    DIANA MOSS, PRESIDENT AMERICAN ANTITRUST INSTITUTE
    GUEST:
    WILLIAM BAER, FORMER ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANTITRUST DIVISION (2013-2016); VISITING FELLOW - GOVERNANCE STUDIES, THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
    This podcast is part of a three-part series that unpacks the state of federal antitrust enforcement in view of growing concerns over declining competition and associated developments in state and private enforcement. The podcast series follows AAI’s recently released report “The State of Antitrust Enforcement and Competition Policy in the U.S” and is the alternative platform for AAI’s 2020 Annual Conference.

    • 40 min

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