First Class Assignments for Spring 2018 Semester
FIRST ASSIGNMENT FOR ANTITRUST 375-01
Welcome to Antitrust! Antitrust laws regulate a wide range of business conduct, including price fixing, competitor collaborations, mergers, and dominant firms' exercise of market power. This conduct often generates high-stakes disputes with vital implications for market participants and consumers.
The required text is Fox’s U.S. Antitrust in Global Context (West 3rd Ed. 2012). On the first day of class, we will begin by looking at an important and longstanding antitrust problem: To what extent may rivals band together to prevent “ruinous competition”? This question has been crucial for major industries ranging from railroads and manufacturing to e-books. Please read pp. 1-20, Sherman and Clayton Acts, App. B, pp. 773-75, and the following short articles: Apple Led E-Book Pricing Conspiracy and Did Apple Fix E-Book Prices for the Greater Good?. You should be prepared to discuss Trans-Missouri, Addyston Pipe, and Apple’s e-book price fixing conspiracy.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The syllabus is also posted for your review.
--Professor Christine Chabot