Antitrust Meets Deregulation: The Division’s Spring Roundtables

Division Update Spring 2018

The Division is hosting a series of roundtable discussions on competition and deregulation. As Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, Makan Delrahim indicated in his keynote address at the ABA Antitrust Section’s Fall Forum, “Antitrust is inherently deregulatory—in other words, competition law enforcement contributes to a well-functioning free market economy, and our prosecution efforts will support a more limited overall Federal Government role in the markets.”

As the Division seeks to protect the competitive process to maximize consumer welfare, determining the optimal role of antitrust enforcement and deregulation is an issue of vital importance. The roundtables are intended to help the Department pursue effective and appropriate competition policy and identify related regulatory burdens on the American economy.

The roundtables provide a forum for a discussion of the economic and legal analyses of competition and deregulation. The Division has invited panelists from a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law.

The first roundtable, held on March 14, 2018, in the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, examined exemptions and immunities from the antitrust laws. Representatives of interest groups discussed topics including the impact of the express statutory exemptions and implied immunities from the antitrust laws, and how these immunities and exemptions have affected antitrust enforcement. Panelists also discussed whether the state action doctrine in its current form strikes the proper balance between state sovereignty and the Federal policy favoring competition in interstate commerce.

The next roundtable will be held on April 26, 2018, and will examine existing consent decrees, the propriety of perpetual consent decrees, and the role of antitrust law enforcement. The third roundtable will examine the consumer costs of anticompetitive regulations and will be held on May 31, 2018.

Details about the roundtables, registration information, and access to written submissions are available on the Department's Public Roundtable Discussion Series on Regulation & Antitrust Law website.

 Competition Policy and Advocacy Section Chief Robert Potter and Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim

L-R: Competition Policy and Advocacy Section Chief Robert Potter and Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim

 

Updated April 12, 2018

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