The George Mason Law Review Hosts its 13th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law

Law Review Antitrust SymposiumThe George Mason Law Review held its 13th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law on Thursday, February 4, 2010. The symposium brought together over one hundred professors, practitioners, and students to discuss two hot issues in antitrust law: bundled goods and services and the certification of antitrust class action lawsuits. Empiris LLC and O’Melveny & Myers LLP co-sponsored the event, which was held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Laura O’Brien, the Symposium Editor, and Ashley Sprague, Associate Symposium Editor, organized the event.

Numerous distinguished speakers attended and spoke at the symposium, for which Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia gave the keynote address. Judge Hogan discussed antitrust law from the judge’s perspective, and offered suggestions to attorneys expecting to bring antitrust claims in federal court. The first panel evaluated bundling and share-based rebates in high-tech industries. The discussion covered a wide variety of economic theories that could be used to examine the competitive effect of packaged goods and services offered at a discount. The second panel engaged in a lively debate of class actions in the wake of Monsanto, IPO and Hydrogen Peroxide. The panel covered the impact of those cases on defenses against class certifications as well as the application of Rule 23 requirements to common antitrust problems.

The feedback for the event was exceedingly positive. Interest from attendees in next year’s symposium is high, and the Law Review hopes to continue to build on the success of this event.

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At top: Current Law Review members Mark Cowen, Ashley Sprague, Alyssa DaCunha, Laura O'Brien, and Darren Weiss display a sign containing event details.