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An Antitrust Trifecta

TOTM From Hanno Kaiser at the excellent Antitrust Review on a wide range of antitrust issues and events. Here is a brief tour through the trio . . .

From Hanno Kaiser at the excellent Antitrust Review on a wide range of antitrust issues and events. Here is a brief tour through the trio and some initial reactions…

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Antitrust & Consumer Protection

New paper: Missed Opportunities in Independent Ink

TOTM My paper for the 2006 Cato Supreme Court Review, Missed Opportunities in Independent Ink, is now available on SSRN. Justice Stevens’ opinion for the unanimous . . .

My paper for the 2006 Cato Supreme Court Review, Missed Opportunities in Independent Ink, is now available on SSRN. Justice Stevens’ opinion for the unanimous court in Independent Ink rid antitrust law of the misguided, ill conceived, and universally criticized presumption of antitrust market power in patent tying cases. Very few dispute the wisdom of the Court’s decision. So what is there left to say about it?

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Antitrust & Consumer Protection

Becker on Chicago’s Anti-Big Box Ordinance

TOTM Gary Becker has an important post on the political economy and economic consequences of Chicago’s Big Box ordinance which would raise the costs of using . . .

Gary Becker has an important post on the political economy and economic consequences of Chicago’s Big Box ordinance which would raise the costs of using low skilled labor for the affected retailers. The punchline is not surprising. It is a bad ordinance that “will hurt the very groups, African-Americans and other poor or lower middle class individuals, that supporters claim would be helped.” Here’s a taste of Becker’s analysis…

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Bill Henderson Responds: The Empirics of Affirmative Action, Part II

TOTM A few days ago I asked about where we stand on the empirics of affirmative action, and more specifically, Richard Sander’s well known result that . . .

A few days ago I asked about where we stand on the empirics of affirmative action, and more specifically, Richard Sander’s well known result that affirmative action at law schools harms blacks. I even called out folks who had been following the debate more closely…

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Where do We Stand on The Empirics of Affirmative Action?

TOTM Has the empirical question of whether affirmative action harms blacks been answered with a resounding no? Paul Butler thinks so. In a post about UCLA . . .

Has the empirical question of whether affirmative action harms blacks been answered with a resounding no? Paul Butler thinks so. In a post about UCLA Professor Richard Sander’s next installment of research, Butler writes…

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Organ Markets, Social Justice, and the Poor: A Reply to Professor Pasquale

TOTM Frank Pasquale at Madisonian is concerned that organ markets do not show enough concern for the poor. He writes… Read the full piece here.

Frank Pasquale at Madisonian is concerned that organ markets do not show enough concern for the poor. He writes…

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Innovation & the New Economy

Kinderstart Antitrust Claims Dismissed … For Now …

TOTM Google’s motion to dismiss Kinderstart’s claims has been granted with leave to amend all claims. Eric Goldman provides commentary, thoughts on the defamation claim, and . . .

Google’s motion to dismiss Kinderstart’s claims has been granted with leave to amend all claims. Eric Goldman provides commentary, thoughts on the defamation claim, and a link to the court’s order. As far as the antitrust claims go, I commented here that Google’s motion was likely to prevail…

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Antitrust & Consumer Protection

Jenkins channels Manne

TOTM Today’s WSJ has a great article by Holman Jenkins on reporting on the backdating “scandal.” Larry is, of course, on the case.  I would also . . .

Today’s WSJ has a great article by Holman Jenkins on reporting on the backdating “scandal.” Larry is, of course, on the case.  I would also — modestly — point out that much of what Jenkins says in his article today, I said in this space about four months ago, when the news was first breaking.

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Financial Regulation & Corporate Governance

Anabtawi on Spring-loaded Options

TOTM Over at Professor Bainbridge’s place, Iman Anabtawi has some thoughts on the granting of “spring-loaded” options, an option granted at a market price that does . . .

Over at Professor Bainbridge’s place, Iman Anabtawi has some thoughts on the granting of “spring-loaded” options, an option granted at a market price that does not incorporate some favorable non-public information, and insider trading laws.

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Financial Regulation & Corporate Governance