Sagers in the Media

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke with a number of major media outlets recently concerning the many antitrust issues in the news.

He spoke with Yahoo Finance and the blog E-Commerce Times  about Elizabeth Warren’s  new “platform” antitrust proposal, with Bloomberg about state Attorney General interest in challenge to tech platforms, and the popular technology blog Ars Technica about the much discussed antitrust complaint that Spotify just filed in Europe against Apple.

He spoke with the subscription services Global Competition Review about reports that Amazon has voluntarily given up “most-favored-nation” agreements with suppliers, and Policy and Regulatory Report about an FTC merger investigation apparently heating up over Boston Scientific’s acquisition of a rival maker of cancer treatment technologies called BTG.

Professor Kalir Interviews About PM Netanyahu’s Criminal Charges

On Friday, March 8, 2018, the Cleveland Jewish News published an article dealing with the recent criminal charges leveled at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Israel’s Attorney General. The article, which featured several Israeli experts, included several quotes from professor Doron Kalir. It can be found here.

Professor Sterio Publishes Blog Post on ICJ Advisory Opinion in Chagos Archipelago Case (Diego Garcia)

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio published a blog post entitled “ICJ Advisory Opinion in the Chagos Archipelago Case: Self-Determination Re-Examined?” on Intlawgrrls.  In this post, Professor Sterio discusses the International Court of Justice’s recent advisory opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

The Chagos Islands were part of the colony of Mauritius, administered by the United Kingdom.  Prior to Mauritian independence in 1968, the U.K. separated the Chagos Islands from Mauritius, in order to allow the U.S. to build a military base on Diego Garcia (one of the Chagossian islands).  The U.K. forcefully relocated inhabitants of Diego Garcia, so that the U.S. could proceed to build its military base.  In the ICJ advisory opinion discussed in this blog post, the world court held that the decolonization of Mauritius was not lawfully completed, and that the U.K. was under the obligation to end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia (the site of the U.S. military base).  The case is big loss to the U.K. and may have an impact on the U.S. (the U.S. may be required to relocate its military base).

Sagers Appears in Recent Podcast Episodes on Antitrust Matters

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, appeared on an episode of the popular new podcast Ipse Dixit to discuss his book “United States v. Apple: Competition in America,” forthcoming later this year from Harvard University Press.

The Ipse Dixit series has rapidly grown, having gained more than 30,000 followers since its launch just a few months ago, and having featured some one hundred interviews with some of the country’s most prominent legal scholars.

He also appeared on an episode of an Ohio history series called Ohio v. The World. The show is produced by Cleveland-Marshall graduate Alex Hastie. Sagers appeared in an episode called “Ohio v. Wealth,”to discuss the famous antitrust prosecution of the early 20th century against the Standard Oil corporation, which was formed and had deep roots in Ohio.

Professor Sagers Speaks to Media

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke this week for a story in Corporate Counsel about the recent decision of Gap, Inc. to spin off it’s most successful brand, Old Navy, and to continue its Banana Republic and several other brands as a separate corporate entity.

He also spoke with the service S&P Global Market Intelligence about the news that the White House may have pressured challenge to the merger or AT&T and Time Warner, for political reasons unrelated to its legality.

Finally, he spoke with the subscription service FTC: Watch about recent set-backs in judicial decisions that will affect Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions.

Professor Sterio Participates in “Brain Trust” Regarding Legal Limits of the Use of the Veto Power

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio participated in a one-day “brain trust” workshop on March 1, on the “Legal Limits to the Use of the Veto Power,” organized by Professor Jennifer Trahan, NYU Global Justice Center, and held at the offices of Foley Hoag in New York City.  The “brain trust” was a workshop which assembled academics, state representatives (legal officers from several different countries’ United Nations’ missions), and NGO representatives, to discuss the legal limits to the use of the veto power (within the Security Council) in the face of atrocity crimes.  The morning session focused on the legal issues, whereas the afternoon session focused on various strategies necessary to persuade states to commit to limits to the use of the veto power.

Professor Robertson Presents at International Academic Association of Planning Conference at Texas A&M University

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, the Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Environmental Studies, presented Local control in shale oil and gas decision-making: What a difference a border makes? at the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Academic Association of Planning, Law, and Property Rights, at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, on February 21, 2019.

Professor Geier Guest on The Sound of Ideas

Professor Deborah A. Geier was a guest on WCPN’s “Sound of Ideas” show on February 25 to discuss the possibilities regarding how Amazon earned $11.2 billion in 2018 profits and paid no Federal income tax (getting a $129 million tax refund). Amazon also earned $5.6 billion in 2017 profits and paid no Federal income tax (getting a $137 million tax refund). From 2009 to 2018, Amazon earned a total profit of roughly $26.5 billion and paid approximately $791 million in Federal income tax, for an effective Federal income tax rate of 3% for the period. Along with Professor Daniel Shoag, a Harvard economics professor currently visiting at CWRU, Professor Geier explored the larger tax policy landscape shaped by these and similar stories. You can watch the show here.

Sagers Speaks With Media on Various Antitrust Issues

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, spoke recently with a number of media outlets about ongoing antitrust matters.

He spoke with Bloomberg twice, for a story on the Justice Department’s widely expected loss on appeal in its challenge to the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, and for a separate story on potential antitrust challenge to Facebook’s controversial plan fully to integrate its subsidiaries Instagram and Whatsapp.

He also spoke with a number of subscription news services. He spoke with Global Competition Review  three separate stories–about the recent success  of monopolization plaintiff Trendsettah in the Ninth Circuit against the maker of Swisher Sweets cigar products, about the AT&T loss, and about a newly announced tech-sector task force established by the federal trade commission. He spoke with the communications industry newsletter Communications Daily on the AT&T merger appeal, and he spoke with an investor newsletter called Reorg M&A  about the pending FTC challenge  to the merger of the pigment manufacturers Tronox and Cristal.

Finally, he spoke with FTC:Watch [about the possibility of extending antitrust liability to in-house attorneys who assist in antitrust violations, as in certain remarkable recent cases in which drug company attorneys coordinated so called “citizen petition” efforts before the Food and Drug Administration.