The antitrust laws began as a Gilded Age reaction against bigness and trusts - the steel trust, the sugar trust, the railroad trust and so on. But for the past forty years, thanks to the Chicago School and Robert Bork's Antitrust Paradox, the focus has been on consumer welfare, low prices and economic efficiency, with less attention paid to monopolization, mergers and bigness generally.
Now, in light of the growth of Big Tech - the Amazons, Apples, Facebooks and Googles of this world - that is changing, and we see political figures from President Trump to Senator Warren questioning whether Big Tech is too powerful, or just too big.
Join our panelists for a lively discussion of where antitrust law is going, and where it should go.
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Former Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, Department of Justice
Former Director, FTC Bureau of Competition
Megan E. Jones
Partner, Hausfeld LLP
A. Douglas Melamed
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Former General Counsel at Intel
Daniel G. Swanson
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Hon. Susan Illston
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court
Northern District of California