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As part of our efforts to promote the vitality of private enforcement and preserve antitrust class actions in particular, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) issues periodic updates on developments in the courts and elsewhere that may affect this important device for protecting competition and consumers. 

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has announced its selection of leading legal practitioners and economists to be recognized at the AAI 2015 Antitrust Enforcement Awards.  The top Award and recognition of all finalists and honorable mentions will be featured at a gala awards dinner on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 following the AAI’s Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference.  Registration and program information for the conference and the awards dinner is available here

From Bloomberg Business:  The $48.4 billion purchase of Cigna announced Friday morning would cut the number of major health insurers to three from five, making it challenging for Anthem and its rivals to win approval from the Justice Department, antitrust experts say.

“You’d have a massive reshuffling and increased concentration,” said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington. “It’s more bottlenecking of the health-care supply chain, which we worry about already.”

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) today issued a white paper titled The Proposed Merger of Staples and Office Depot: Lessons from History and New Competitive Concerns. The paper urges the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carefully scrutinize the competitive impact of the proposed Staples/Office Depot merger.

AAI President Diana Moss discussed whether mergers are good for consumers on CNBC's Nightly Business Report on July 7, 2015. Watch here.

2015 is turning out to be a good year for antitrust advocacy. Below are some of the notable “wins” involving pubic and private antitrust enforcement in the United States in which the American Antitrust Institute played an important advocacy role with amicus briefs, white papers, letters to the agencies and Congress, or comments in regulatory proceedings.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) applauds the decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appea

Experts in antitrust and regulation from government, industry, advocacy, and academia gathered today in Washington D.C. to discuss competition policy issues involving competitive implications of emerging disruptive electricity technologies that could transform both retail and wholesale electricity markets.

As advocated by the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), the California Supreme Court issued a ruling on May 7 adopting a “structured” rule of reason favorable to plaintiffs litigating the lawfulness of pharmaceutical reverse-payment settlements under California law.

 “This is an important victory for consumers in the battle over reverse-payment settlements and should have positive implications for cases brought under federal antitrust law,” said the AAI Vice President and General Counsel Richard Brunell. 

Donald I. Baker will receive the AAI Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement at the American Antitrust Institute's Annual Conference on June 18.

Mr. Baker is founding partner of the independent Washington D.C. law firm Baker & Miller PLLC, specializing in antitrust, competition policy and international law issues. Mr. Baker¹s efforts have included comprehensive aspects of antitrust counseling, representing complainants, as well as targets in various government investigations, corporate internal investigations, major arbitrations, and several private antitrust cases for plaintiffs and defendants.