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Merger Antitrust Law (2019)

Dale Collins
Georgetown University Law Center

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This page contains the memorandum introducing the course, class schedule, reading materials, and class notes for the Merger Antitrust Law course taught during the 2019 fall semester at Georgetown. It also contains links to related supplemental materials on the Applied Antitrust web site. There is no textbook for this course. Everything you need will be linked to this page.

Memorandum introducing the course

Class schedule 1.0 (revised August 19, 2019)

 
 
Required Reading
Comments and Optional Reading

Unit 1

Introduction to Merger Antitrust Law: Substance and Process

Class 1

Tuesday, September 3

Introduction
TransDigm/Takata

Memorandum introducing the course

Class schedule

Class 1 reading guidance

Unit 1 reading materials

Merger Antitrust Law: Introduction to Substance and Process (class notes)

Class 1 homework assignment

Antitrust Law: Hornbooks and Other Antitrust Study Aids

Demand curves and consumer surplus (YouTube videos):

Marginal Revolution University, The Demand Curve

Marginal Revolution University, A Deeper Look at the Demand Curve

Marginal Revolution University, What Is Deadweight Loss?

 

Unit 2

Predicting Merger Antitrust Enforcement Challenges

Class 2

Thursday, September 5

Predicting merger antitrust enforcement challenges
DOJ/FTC 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines

Class 2 reading guidance

Unit 2 reading materials

Predicting Merger Antitrust Enforcement Challenges (class notes)

Class 2 homework assignment

 

Unit 3

The DOJ/FTC Merger Review Process

For additional supplemental materials, see 13. DOJ/FTC Merger Review and Settlement Procedures in AppliedAntitrust.com

Class 3

Tuesday, September 10

Class 3-4 reading guidance

Unit 3 reading materials

The DOJ/FTC Merger Review Process (class notes)

Class 3 homework assignment

Albertsons/Safeway case study (complete)

Class 4

Thursday, September 12

Same materials as for Class 3

Class 4 homework assignment

 

Unit 4

Merger Antitrust Litigation

For additional supplemental materials, see 14. Merger Antitrust Litigation in AppliedAntitrust.com

Class 5

Tuesday, September 17

Class 5 reading guidance

Unit 4 reading materials

Merger Antitrust Litigation (class notes)

Class 5 homework assignment

 

Unit 5

Settlements

 

For additional supplemental materials, see DOJ/FTC Merger Review and Settlement Procedures in AppliedAntitrust.com

Class 6

Thursday, September 19

Class 6 reading guidance

Unit 5 reading materials

Merger Antitrust Settlements (class notes)

Class 6 homework assignment

Albertsons/Safeway case study (complete)
TransDigm/Takata case study (complete)

Agency materials: FTC

Fed. Trade Comm'n, The FTC’s Merger Remedies 2006-2012: A Report of the Bureaus of Competition and Economics (Jan. 2017) (FTC news release)

Dan Ducore & Naomi Licker, Bureau of Competition, Fed. Trade Comm'n, Looking Back (Again) at FTC Merger Remedies (Feb. 3, 2017)

Fed. Trade Comm'n, Bur. of Competition, Frequently Asked Questions About Merger Consent Order Provisions (downloaded Augut 8, 2019)

Deborah L. Feinstein, Dir., Bureau of Competition, Fed. Trade Comm'n, The Significance of Consent Orders in the Federal Trade Commission’s Competition Enforcement Efforts (Sept. 17, 2013)

Agency materials: DOJ

Makan Delrahim,Ass't Att'y Gen., U.S. Dep't f Justice, Antitrust Div., Improving the Antitrust Consensus, Prepared Remarks Before the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section, New York, NY (Jan. 25, 2018)

U.S. Dep't of Justice, Antitrust Div., Antitrust Division Manual Ch. 4 D: Negotiating and Entering Consent Decrees (5th ed. updated Mar. 2014)

U.S. Dep't of Justice, Antitrust Div., Antitrust Division Policy Guide to Merger Remedies (rev. June 2011) (news release)

Unit 6

Newspaper Merger—A Case Study Problem

 

Class 7

Tuesday, September 24

Catchup
Newspaper merger homework problem

Class 7 homework assignment