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Blog o’ Blogs with Casey Stengel & Others

 |  March 10, 2011

Our last item in this month’s Blog o’ Blogs is a special treat—Casey Stengel’s 1958 antitrust testimony—it has to be read to be believed. Before that, we present insights into comp. authorities, reveal a private meeting between Google and EC chiefs, provide guidance on e-Discovery presentations, consider questions of bias and priorities at the commissions, and look at antitrust takes on two hot news items: collective bargaining and fall-out from the Madoff scandal.

It Matters How You Look
But by imitating a butler bowing and scraping to his social superiors, the Commission does itself and the image of regulation no favours at all.
Max Findlay (Kluwer Competition Law Blog)


Health Law Provisions Raise Antitrust Concerns

The letters, obtained by The New York Times, reveal a struggle between the Justice Department and the FTC over who should police the healthcare market.
Robert Pear (New York Times)

Google Trying to Avoid Antitrust Fight in Europe

At the meeting, previously undisclosed, Mr. Schmidt asked Mr. Almunia to complete the inquiry as quickly as possible.
James Kanter (New York Times)

Surviving e-Discovery with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division
There are several important themes to be taken away from DOJ’s guidance to outside and in-house counsel as to how best to navigate the complex waters of e-discovery.
Ben Kerschberg (Forbes

Are Federal Courts Biased in Favor of Big Business?
The Chamber of Commerce has won 68% of the cases in which it participated from 2006-2010, compared to the Chamber’s win rates of 56% in the Rehnquist Court and 43% in the Burger court.
Nathan Koppel  (WSJ Law Blog)

What’s Driving the Antitrust Agencies?
We have a sufficient record on which to draw some reliable conclusions about what makes this administration’s approach to antitrust enforcement different, and what those differences portend for the next few years.
Morrison & Foerster (JDSupra)

What if Collective Bargaining ‘Rights’ Were Antitrust Violations?
From this perspective, collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.
Robert Barro (The WSJ via The Blaze)

Mets Money Mishap May Make MLB a Monopoly After All
What’s the difference between the mob and Major League Baseball (MLB)?
Brian Ross (Huffington Post)

Casey Stengel’s Antitrust Testimony

I would say the biggest thing in baseball at the present time now, and with the money that is coming in, and so forth, and with the annuity fund for the players, you can’t allow the commissioner to just take everything sitting there, and take everything insofar as money is concerned, but I think he should have full jurisdiction over the player and player’s habits, and the way the umpires and ball clubs should conduct their business in the daytime and right on up tight up here.