Leslie Overton will be moderating this panel discussion, hosted by the Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, on the current state of antitrust enforcement and the potential of future reform.
Our panel will discuss the following key questions:
- Now that the Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives, should they seek to implement any of the reforms they previously proposed in their Better Deal? Several of the announced Democratic presidential candidates have made antitrust a key part of their message for 2020. What are the different approaches being considered, and how well would their proposals work?
- What reforms should the FTC pursue regarding concerns raised during its series of public hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century?
- A group of 31 state AGs, including Virginia's, recently filed an amicus brief in Apple v. Pepper urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the long-standing Illinois Brick doctrine. Should state AGs advocate to overturn the doctrine? What other reforms should they pursue?
- And finally, in response to the recent high-profile setbacks for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding AT&T, Amex, and Aetna, should the DOJ pull back its enforcement efforts or push forward with renewed vigor?