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An American Antitrust Institute analysis of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's opinions suggests his confirmation would almost certainly weaken the antitrust laws and the ability of the government and private plaintiffs to enforce them. Based on Judge Kavanaugh’s sparse but conspicuous record in antitrust cases, AAI believes his nomination represents a serious setback for antitrust enforcement.  Therefore, AAI opposes Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The American Antitrust Institute is now accepting nominations for the AAI 2018 Antitrust Enforcement Awards that recognize achievements in antitrust litigation by legal practitioners and economists.  The Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on November 14, 2018, following the AAI's annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference. The award submission period closes on August 31, 2018.

The American Antitrust Institute welcomes law professors Amedeo Arena and John Newman to its Advisory Board.

On Thursday June 21, 2018, the American Antitrust Institute hosted its 19th Annual Conference “Antitrust at a Crossroads: Plotting the Policy Course for the Next Decade.” Experts from law, economics, and policy offered insight via four panels: The conference included a gala luncheon featuring a keynote address by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim. The 2018 AAI Antitrust Achievement Award was presented to Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship was also presented at the luncheon.  This program was made possible by support from our 2018 Sponsors.

The American Antitrust Institute sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision rejecting a district court holding that American Express had violated the Sherman Act by preventing merchants from offering benefits to consumers to use cheaper, non-Amex credit cards.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) presented Senator Amy Klobuchar with the 2018 Alfred E. Kahn Award for Antitrust Achievement at AAI’s 19th Annual Conference today. Senator Klobuchar is the Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.

Authors of two outstanding articles were presented with the Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship at the American Antitrust Institute's Annual Conference today. The Cohen Award was created through a trust established in honor of the late Jerry S. Cohen, an outstanding trial lawyer and antitrust writer. It is administered by the law firm he founded, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.

Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, delivered the keynote address during the luncheon of the American Antitrust Institute’s 19th Annual Conference on Thursday, June 21.    

On Tuesday, June 19, AAI President Diana Moss will testify with other experts on the proposed acquisition of health insurer, Aetna Inc., by pharmacy benefit manager and retail pharmacy, CVS Health Corporation. Moss’s testimony will draw from AAI’s March 26, 2018 letter opposing the merger to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. The AAI letter dated March 26, 2018, can be found here. The hearing, to be held by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, will examine the potential competitive effects of the proposed merger. Aetna and CVS representatives will testify at the hearing along with consumer organizations, medical provider organizations, and economists. The hearing will be streamed live here.

Today, the AAI released the second part of its new White Paper series on Competition in the Delivery and Payment of Healthcare Services. Part II of this important and comprehensive analysis addresses “Promoting Competition in Healthcare Enforcement and Policy: Framing an Active Competition Agenda. The White Papers are co-authored by two of AAI's Advisory Board competition experts: Thomas Greaney, Visiting Professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law and Chester A. Myers Professor Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Law; and Barak Richman, the Edgar P. & Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration at Duke University. 

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