O’Melveny to Co-Host the 14th Annual George Mason Law Review Symposium on Antitrust Law

February 9, 2011

has teamed up with The George Mason Law Review, as well as Navigant Economics, to co-host the 14th Annual George Mason Law Review Symposium on Antitrust Law. The event will take place on February 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Partner Ian Simmons (DC) will moderate the panel entitled “Current Trends in Criminal Cartel Enforcement,” on which partner Steve Bunnell (DC) will speak.

The Symposium will focus on two timely topics in antitrust litigation:

(1) The impact of the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines on the litigation of merger cases, discussing the following issues: the Guidelines' shift from evaluating competitive effects through a focus on market definition and step-by-step merger analysis to instead emphasizing diversion analysis and upward pricing pressure analysis; how the Courts will respond, if at all, to changes in the Guidelines; how the new Guidelines change the Government’s burden of proof in suing to oppose a merger, and the type of evidence that the parties can provide to rebut the Government’s allegations. Speakers include scholars and practitioners who have participated in merger litigations and have been involved in drafting the new Guidelines.

(2) Current trends in criminal cartel enforcement, focusing on the following issues: converging and diverging interests of company counsel and individual counsel; the “volume of commerce” analysis under the post-Booker U.S. Sentencing Guidelines; and whether economic damages analysis are useful in measuring “volume of commerce”. Speakers include a senior Department of Justice official responsible for cartel enforcement, and attorneys and an economist who work on cartel matters.

Confirmed speakers include FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch; Howard Shelanski, Deputy Director for Antitrust, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission; Lisa Phelan, Chief, National Criminal Enforcement Section, U.S. Department of Justice; Kevin Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business and Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, and Navigant Economics; James Langenfeld, Navigant Economics and Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago Law School; David Scheffman, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University; Barry Boss, Cozen O'Connor; and Jeffrey Brennan, Dechert LLP.

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