252.21 sec. 001 - Antitrust and Technology Platforms (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Christopher Hockett (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
- W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 105
From January 15, 2020
To February 26, 2020
Course End: February 26, 2020
Class Number: 32485
Enroll Limit: 65
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM
This course will analyze the application of antitrust law to the digital economy. Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google now rank among the largest and most valuable companies in history. In recent years, they and other large tech firms have attracted significant antitrust scrutiny from enforcers and policymakers around the world. This course will explore the implications of “big data” and economic concentration in the New Economy, and the potential relationship between antitrust and issues like consumer privacy, filter bubbles, fake news, and the challenges facing journalism, print media, and brick-and-mortar businesses. It will investigate the dynamics of platform competition, including network effects, multisided markets and attention markets. It will also explore evolving theories of competitive harm in settings where users obtain sophisticated online services at a zero price, and where many small and medium sized businesses benefit from inexpensive targeted online advertising and distribution services. The course materials will draw on a rich body of recent cases, regulatory proceedings, and academic commentary and analysis.
Instructor Bio: Chris Hockett was a partner in Davis Polk’s Northern California office and global head of the firm’s antitrust practice. He retired from the partnership in April of 2019. He has over 30 years of antitrust experience representing technology, media, and telecom clients - including in litigation, contested mergers, and government investigations. Under the auspices of the Federal Judicial Center and the ABA, Hockett co-chairs an intensive antitrust training program for federal judges that rotates between Berkeley Law and the University of Chicago. He is a frequent speaker on antitrust topics, and has also served as a mediator, arbitrator and court-appointed Special Master. In 2013-14, Hockett chaired the 9,000-member ABA Section of Antitrust Law. He received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Virginia, where he teaches an advanced antitrust course.
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