Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law

Antitrust Law protects competition among businesses against private restraint. It is a peculiar blend of legal, economic and business principles. Its practice requires a special mode of analysis called "antitrust analysis" or "thinking like an antitrust lawyer." In this survey course we will study monopolization, attempts and conspiracies to monopolize, mergers, and voluntary restraints on trade, including horizontal restraints among competitors and vertical restraints such as those among manufacturers and distributors. We will also cover the intersection of antitrust law with political activity and the extent to which a state may displace the federal antitrust laws in regulating its own industries. Some prior exposure to economics will be helpful, but this course itself will provide all the economic principles needed to understand antitrust law.