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Competition authorities around the world are grappling with one of the largest mergers in history – the combination of agricultural biotechnology giants Monsanto and Bayer. This mammoth deal, now in a state of suspended enforcement animation at many enforcement agencies around the world, would reduce the number of large agricultural biotech firms from five to four, and create the largest player in the markets for genetic crop traits, seeds, and agrochemicals.

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the American Antitrust Institute will host its 12th annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Following the conference, the AAI will host its 6th annual Antitrust Enforcement Awards Dinner at the Hamilton Live.

The outcome of the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger in the U.S., Europe, and other competition jurisdictions will indelibly shape the future of competition in the agricultural biotechnology industry. AAI has advocated for vigorous antitrust enforcement in this sector for over a decade. Below is a selected compendium of AAI’s economic, legal, institutional, and policy analysis on mergers and other antitrust issues in agricultural biotechnology. They range across all areas of antitrust enforcement — mergers, exclusionary conduct, and agreements. This body of work highlights, among other key issues, the plight of farmers and consumers; innovation and the strong linkage between competition and intellectual property law; food security, and the competitive importance of farming data. 

On Thursday, March 22, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will host an industry roundtable, Applying the Antitrust Laws to Digital Platforms. Digital platforms encompass ecosystems for providing multiple and linked services. They allow networks of participants to connect, interact, and create and share the value from a variety of online activities. Platforms can be centered on advertising, e-commerce, digital goods, and more.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court not to allow copyrights on industry-standard software interfaces to be used to lock consumers into a dominant firm’s product line. 

Twenty years ago, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) started the movement for a progressive approach to antitrust enforcement and policy. AAI continues to be the leader in the progressive space and is highly regarded for its independent and expert analysis of competition issues. It has a major impact on competition enforcement and policy, shaping outcomes that promote markets, innovation, and benefits for consumers.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a controversial 3-2 party-line vote, chose to repeal net neutrality rules. As part of this rollback, it also reclassified internet service providers (ISPs) as Title I “information services” rather than Title II “telecommunications services.” The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules contravenes the agency’s important public interest mandate and will likely lead to anticompetitive and anti-consumer outcomes. Repeal places an unreasonable burden on antitrust enforcement to police anticompetitive, anti-consumer conduct by dominant ISPs. It also dissolves the partnership between sector regulation and antitrust enforcement that has been vital for promoting competition and innovation on the internet. AAI’s commentary explains the issues and their implications here.

Throughout 2017, AAI carried out extensive research, education, and advocacy initiatives. AAI’s work has meaningful and demonstrated impact by facilitating pro-competitive and pro-consumer outcomes in the enforcement and policy arenas. We look forward to serving the public in 2018 as we extend important existing programs and take on new issues.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court decision that creates a substantial barrier to combatting anticompetitive conduct in the credit card industry and other industries that involve interdependent markets. It was one of 14 amicus briefs filed urging reversal.

AAI President Diana Moss testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights on December 13, 2017. The subject of the hearing was "Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust: Outdated or a Harbor I’m a Sea of Doubt?" 

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