WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced that the latest in a series of joint public hearings designed to examine the implications of single-firm conduct under the antitrust laws will take place on Jan. 30–31, 2007 in Berkeley, Calif. These hearings have been examining whether and when specific types of single-firm conduct may violate Section 2 of the Sherman Act (which prohibits monopolization and attempted monopolization) by harming competition and consumer welfare and when they are procompetitive and lawful. The January sessions will be hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and the Competition Policy Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
The panels on Jan. 30 will provide an opportunity for business executives to express their views on Section 2 issues, including areas where the companies perceive that single-firm anticompetitive conduct has harmed consumers and areas where legitimate procompetitive behavior may have been chilled. These panels also will provide an opportunity for company executives to identify areas where they believe additional agency antitrust guidance would be useful. The Jan. 31 panels will provide an opportunity for the agencies to obtain testimony from academics with expertise in competition policy. The sessions will be held at the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Wells Fargo Room, 2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, Calif. 94720.
Further information is provided below:
Jan. 30, 2007 Sessions
Business Testimony (9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M. P.S.T.):
Michael D. Hartogs is the senior vice president and division counsel at QUALCOMM Technology Licensing.
David A. Heiner is the vice president and deputy general counsel for antitrust at Microsoft Corporation.
Scott K. Peterson is senior counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company.
Robert A. Skitol is a senior partner in the Antitrust Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Washington, D.C.) and counsel to the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). Business Testimony (2:00 P.M.–4:30 P.M. P.S.T.):
David A. Dull is the senior vice president of business affairs and general counsel and secretary at Broadcom Corporation. Michael E. Haglund is a partner at Haglund Kelley Horngren Jones & Wilder (Portland, Ore.) and counsel to Ross-Simmons.
Thomas M. McCoy is the executive vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer at AMD.
Jan. 31, 2007 Sessions
Academic Testimony (9:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. P.S.T.):
Aaron Edlin is the Richard Jennings professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.
Joseph Farrell is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Howard Shelanski is the associate dean and a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Academic Testimony (1:30 P.M.–4:30 P.M. P.S.T.):
Timothy Bresnahan is the Landau professor in technology and the economy in the economics department at Stanford University.
Richard Gilbert is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and the chair of the Berkeley Competition Policy Center.
Daniel Rubinfeld is the Robert L. Bridges professor of law and professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Carl Shapiro is the TransAmerica professor of business strategy and professor of economics and the director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
The public and press are invited to attend all of the hearings. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions will be webcast at: http://iber.berkeley.edu/cpc. Interested parties may submit written comments to the Antitrust Division and the FTC.
Further information about these hearings will be posted on the Antitrust Division’s Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/public/hearings/single_firm/sfchearing.htm and on the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov/os/sectiontwohearings/index.htm. Individuals seeking more information on the hearings should contact Gail Kursh, Deputy Chief, Legal Policy Section, Antitrust Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patricia Schultheiss, FTC, at email@example.com.