DOJ v. AT&T/Time Warner and the Future of Antitrust Enforcement
9:30- 11a.m. (Hunters Creek A Room)
The program will cover the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner and its implications for future antitrust litigation, government enforcement policy, and the media business. This hard fought lawsuit highlights the difficulties in litigating mergers based on predicted future harm and the significance of vertical mergers. Both sides believe this merger represents a pivotal moment in the media and television business: DOJ sees consolidation between programmers and distributors as a threat to consumers, AT&T as a way for incumbents to compete in an industry with new content and new forms of distribution. Three experienced antitrust lawyers will present the substantive issues, explain the litigation outcome, make future enforcement predictions, and discuss highlight the business litigation lessons learned.
Layne Kruse, Norton Rose Fulbright
Bruce McDonald, Jones Day
Paul Yetter, YetterColeman LLP