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 March 28 and March 29 in Washington. 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 panels on March 28 and March 29 will explore issues regarding remedies in single-firm conduct cases. The sessions will be held at the FTC Headquarters Building, Room 432, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Further information is provided below:
March 28, 2007 Sessions
The Objectives and Goals of Remedies in Section 2 Cases (9:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.):
Robert W. Crandall is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.
David A. Heiner is the vice president and deputy general counsel for antitrust at the Microsoft Corporation.
Per Hellström is chief of Unit C-3 at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.
Abbott (Tad) Lipsky is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
Structural Versus Conduct Remedies (1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.):
Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall distinguished service professor of law, faculty director for curriculum, and the director of the law and economics program at University of Chicago Law School.
Franklin M. Fisher is the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton professor of microeconomics, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Andrew Joskow is senior vice president of NERA Economic Consulting and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division.
Dietrich Kleemann is the head of the task force on ex post assessment of merger decisions at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.
John Thorne is senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Verizon.
March 29, 2007 Session
Remedy in the Face of Technological Change (9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.):
Michael Cunningham is general counsel at Red Hat Inc.
Renata B. Hesse is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Marina Lao is a professor of law at Seton Hall Law School.
William H. Page is the Marshall M. Criser eminent scholar at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
Howard A. Shelanski is an associate dean and a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, and the director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
The public and press are invited to attend all of the hearings. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 section2 email@example.com.