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President and Founder

Geoffrey A. Manne is president and founder of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a distinguished fellow at Northwestern University’s Center on Law, Business, and Economics. Previously he taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to teaching, Manne practiced antitrust law at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC. Manne holds AB & JD degrees from the University of Chicago.

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It's a Section 5!

The FTC brought its long-awaited case against Intel today.  New York Times report here.  Of course we’ve covered the various antitrust claims against Intel at great length on this blog, and have found all of the theories wanting.

Chairman Leibowitz’ statement is here.  Most notable at first glance is that this is being brought primarily as a Section 5 case.  Which makes sense–the FTC probably couldn’t win a case under current Section 2 law, and given Section 5’s remarkable lack of definition or limitation, it presents a far better lever.

I was glad to see Commissioner Rosch in his concurring statement arguing for some limits to Section 5–although I’m confident he and I would disagree vehemently about where those limits lie.

Should be interesting . . .

Posted in antitrust, federal trade commission