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August 12, 2014

Government monopolies: the Court should not allow immunity unless anticompetitive laws are subsantively justified

(Part 4 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) In N.C. Dental Examiners v. FTC, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are dominated by private parties who have a private stake in preventing economic competition against them. In our brief, ...

August 11, 2014

Government monopolies: the Court should enforce the "active supervision" requirement

(Part 3 of a series. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether Parker antitrust immunity should apply to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by private parties who have a private stake in preventing economic competition against them. Our brief, joined by ...

August 07, 2014

Government monopolies: the Supreme Court should overrule the Southern Motor Carriers case

(Part 2 of a series. Here are Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4) In the N.C. Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court will decide whether to extend Parker antitrust immunity to state regulatory agencies that are run entirely by private parties who have a private interest in excluding their own competitors from the marketplace. ...

August 06, 2014

Cartels shouldn’t be exempt from anti-monopoly laws just because they’re run by states

(Part 1 of a series. Here are Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) There's a lot not to like about antitrust law, but the basic idea that monopolies are bad, and that everyone should have the right to compete honestly in the free market, is a cornerstone of our society. Sadly, antitrust is so ...

March 11, 2013

R.I.P. William Letwin

I was sorry to hear of the passing of William Letwin, whose book Economic Policy In America: The Evolution of The Sherman Anti-Trust Act is an excellent examination of the origins of antitrust laws and their antecedents. Alberto Mingardi has a look at his work at Cato@Liberty, but he doesn’t mention another interesting distinction Letwin ...