Sagers on Russia Hacking, AT&T, Whistleblowers, and Big Veterinary Consolidation

If further proof were needed that antitrust really is all over the place these days, Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, spoke with the press on antitrust aspects of affairs as diverse as Russian election hacking and veterinary medicine.

Eyebrows were raised by the suggestion this week by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr that Congress might given an antitrust exemption to Facebook, Google, and other powerful online platforms so that they can coordinate their security efforts. Sagers spoke on the matter with the National Journal, available here.

He spoke with Yahoo Finance about this week’s surprising news that the Justice Department might sue to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, in a story available here.

He spoke with Bloomberg BNA about a new federal bill that would protect whistleblowers who report their own companies for price-fixing, in Alexei Alexis, “Antitrust Whistleblower Protection Bill Advances in Senate,” BloombergBNA, Nov 02 2017.

Finally, he spoke with the trade journal Veterinary Information Network News about a merger of two very large veterinary chains, the Banfield firm (owned by Mars, Inc., the massive firm known as a candy maker but that is also involved in a variety of pet care services and products) and the Veterinary Corporation of America. Both firms are large and both are integrated vertically into a variety of veterinary products and services, but the deal was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on condition of a small set of local divestitures. You can read the story here.

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Sagers on Russia Hacking, AT&T, Whistleblowers, and Big Veterinary Consolidation

If further proof were needed that antitrust really is all over the place these days, Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, spoke with the press on antitrust aspects of affairs as diverse as Russian election hacking and veterinary medicine.

Eyebrows were raised by the suggestion this week by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr that Congress might given an antitrust exemption to Facebook, Google, and other powerful online platforms so that they can coordinate their security efforts. Sagers spoke on the matter with the National Journal, available here.

He spoke with Yahoo Finance about this week’s surprising news that the Justice Department might sue to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, in a story available here.

He spoke with Bloomberg BNA about a new federal bill that would protect whistleblowers who report their own companies for price-fixing, in Alexei Alexis, “Antitrust Whistleblower Protection Bill Advances in Senate,” BloombergBNA, Nov 02 2017.

Finally, he spoke with the trade journal Veterinary Information Network News about a merger of two very large veterinary chains, the Banfield firm (owned by Mars, Inc., the massive firm known as a candy maker but that is also involved in a variety of pet care services and products) and the Veterinary Corporation of America. Both firms are large and both are integrated vertically into a variety of veterinary products and services, but the deal was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on condition of a small set of local divestitures. You can read the story here.

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Professor O’Neill Speaks in ABA Webinar on First Amendment Issues

On October 17, 2017, Professor Kevin O’Neill was a featured speaker in a nationwide webinar presented by the American Bar Association entitled First Amendment Review: Public Forum and Government Speech. Professor O’Neill spoke on “The Regulation of Public Protest: Mass Demonstrations, Marches, and Parades.”

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Professor O’Neill Presents at Freedom of Speech Forum at CWRU

On October 30, 2017, Professor Kevin O’Neill spoke at a Viewpoint Forum at Case Western Reserve University,  Freedom of Speech: Understanding Our Rights in Troubling Times. The other panelists were Case Western Reserve law professors Jonathan Adler and Jessie Hill. The presentation was moderated by Dan Moulthrop, CEO of the City Club of Cleveland.

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Professor Forte Testifies Before House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee

On November 1, Professor David Forte testified before the House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on H.R. 490, the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2014.

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Professor Hoke Presents at Carnegie Mellon and at Penn State Universities

Retired Professor of Law, Candice Hoke, presented on the topic of “Electronic Voting: Sufficient Integrity & Security?” on October 30 at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition, Professor Hoke presented on the panel entitled “Election Security: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Presidential Elections and What Pennsylvania Should Do” at Penn State University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
 
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Professor Sterio Presents at ASIL Midyear Meeting in St. Louis

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Midyear Meeting on October 26, at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  Professor Sterio presented on a panel entitled “Evaluating the Practice and Legacy of International Courts,” and her individual presentation was on “The Legacy of Ad Hoc Tribunals in International Criminal Law: Assessing the ICTY’s and ICTR’s Most Significant Legal Accomplishments.”

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