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On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. AAI President Diana Moss said, “AAI will continue to review Judge Gorsuch’s record and press the Senate to ensure any Supreme Court nominee is committed to enforcement of the antitrust laws. Such enforcement should be consistent with congressional intent throughout the past many decades, thereby ensuring the robust continuation of free and competitive markets.”

Today, the AAI praised Judge John D. Bates’s opinion granting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) an injunction to block the merger of health insurers Aetna and Humana. AAI President Diana Moss noted, “This is a victory for competition and consumers. The opinion sets forth a clear, logical, and understandable rationale for why the merger would have raised prices and reduced benefits to consumers in important health insurance markets.”

"Attempts by the incoming administration to broker merger deals or directly negotiate merger concessions signal a fundamental disregard for the law and for due process. Antitrust enforcers play the important role of referee in protecting competition and our market system. Every consumer, producer, competitor, and customer should be able to count on a fair, predictable, and transparent process for government review of mergers. The end-runs that we are seeing in key mergers such as Monsanto-Bayer not only abuse the process, they imperil our markets, our economy, and our society.”  
- American Antitrust Institute President Diana Moss

As a new year and new administration begins, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) reiterates key priorities for competition enforcement and policy. In September 2016, the AAI issued “A National Competition Policy: Unpacking the Problem of Declining Competition and Setting Priorities Moving Forward.” The statement resets the debate over the importance of antitrust enforcement and competition policy in the United States.

The National Competition Policy statement unpacks the increasingly high-profile problems that are symptomatic of declining competition, including rising concentration, declining rates of market entry, and growing inequality. It then suggests three core principles for a National Competition Policy, and sets out seven priorities that should guide the new approach.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Pamela Gilbert as its new Chair, effective January 1, 2017. Ms. Gilbert has been a Member of the AAI Board of Directors since 2010.

AAI President Diana Moss is one of five competition scholars honored in the Global Competition Review's 2016 Women in Antitrust (Academics).

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) recognized leading legal practitioners and economists at t

The American Antitrust Institute welcomes four new members to its Advisory Board: Rachel Brandenburger, international antitrust and competition law and policy advisor; Daryl Lim of the John Marshall Law School; Dan O'Connor of the Computer & Communications Industry Association; and Melissa Schilling of New York University’s Stern School of Business.

AAI Director Roberta ("Bobbi") Liebenberg was honored with the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award on August 7th at the American Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting in San Francisco. The award is given by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and is the highest honor bestowed on women attorneys by the ABA. Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. in Philadelphia.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took critical, needed steps this week to address three anticompetitive mega-mergers. “The DOJ’s actions signal enforcement that takes seriously the importance of protecting consumers by promoting competition, innovation, and market entry,”  said AAI President and economist Diana Moss. “The Antitrust Division has fulfilled its important role as 'referee' in the markets.”  

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