//  11/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie has an interview with antitrust expert Lina Khan, Director of Legal Policy of the Open Markets Institute, about the lawsuit filed by the Trump Administration to block the proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger. 

Charlie and Lina first discuss the background of antitrust law and the mechanics of how the Department of Justice reviews mergers for antitrust concerns. Lina then explains the difference between vertical and horizontal mergers and explains why vertical mergers like the one here are typically not a major antitrust concern. They then get into the nitty gritty of this deal and discuss why the communications sector is unique, why this deal may be problematic, and whether this lawsuit may have been motivated by the President's expressed animus toward CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. They end with a discussion of whether it's valid to oppose the Administration's actions on the grounds that DOJ is doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.

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Links

  • The government's press release about its case against the merger is here. The complaint itself is here.
  • Eric Citron's commentary on the DOJ lawsuit is here, at Take Care.
  • Lina's excellent article about Amazon in the Yale Law Journal is here.

Why the Constitution Bars Trump from Retaliating Against Jim Acosta

11/13/18  //  Commentary

By Bruce D. Brown and Joshua A. Geltzer: The United States has a long and proud history of journalists asking the President pointed questions without fear or favor

Take Care

Concluding Thoughts

11/5/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

We thank all of the scholars and lawyers who participated in this symposium on our book, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy.

Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Aziz Huq

University of Chicago Law School

Finding a Floor for Inter-branch Conflict

11/2/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Intensifying political conflicts are steadily shredding the buffers around our constitutional architecture. How should courts respond?

Zachary Price

U.C. Hastings College of the Law