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The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent focus on antitrust issues � seven substantive decisions in the last two terms � offers new challenges for the Section of Antitrust Law, which is the world’s largest group of competition lawyers. This year, the section will both continue and initiate activities designed to accomplish its twin missions: assisting antitrust and consumer protection attorneys in their practice and serving the public interest by promoting effective competition law and policy around the world. Responding to recent Supreme Court initiatives will occupy much of the section’s attention in the coming year. The legal standards adopted by the Supreme Court on key issues such as the presumption of market power for patented goods, buyer predation, the requirements for pleading conspiracy and minimum vertical price-fixing are just a few of the issues the section will address. In addition, the section will review and comment as appropriate on issues raised by the recently released Antitrust Modernization Commission report and any legislation that results from its recommendations. The section’s annual spring meeting is the world’s largest gathering of competition lawyers, drawing more than 2,400 attendees from the United States and abroad. This year, the section will offer new versions of two highly successful past continuing legal education programs � one addressing issues in antitrust litigation (to be held in Philadelphia in October) and another dealing with international cartel issues (to be held in San Francisco in February 2008). As U.S. practitioners are increasingly called upon to counsel clients regarding their worldwide activities, the section is well positioned to share U.S. experiences (both successes and failures) with other nations and international competition organizations. It will continue to submit comments to foreign antitrust authorities considering new and amended laws. In particular, it will remain involved in the European Commission’s consideration of private antitrust enforcement and the revamping of its standards for evaluating dominant-firm conduct, and in providing comments on emerging competition law regimes in China, India and other Asian countries. The section will continue expanding its involvement in the consumer protection field, focusing on both the traditional problems of deception and misleading advertising and the newer issues relating to privacy and information security. With the goal of developing the next generation of attorneys, the section has committed to funding its Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, which subsidizes summer internships for law students in state attorney general offices to expose them to possible public service careers in the consumer protection field. Kathryn M. Fenton is chair-elect of the Section of Antitrust Law and a partner in the Washington office of Jones Day. For more information about the section, see www.abanet.org/antitrust.

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