The Federal Trade Commission, under the direction of Chair Lina Khan, is steadily expanding its reach and abandoning the consumer welfare standard of the past forty years. Please join CEI for an Alfred E. Kahn Discussion on the FTC’s forthcoming merger review guidelines, featuring former FTC Chairman Tim Muris and former Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics Bruce Kobayashi, authors of a new CEI study Turning Back the Clock: Structural Presumptions in Merger Analyses and Revised Merger Guidelines. Muris and Kobayashi outline specific reforms to curtail the FTC’s anticipated application of discredited legal and economic analytical tools.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Invitation only. Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Bruce H. Kobayashi is the Paige V. and Henry N. Butler Chair in Law and Economics at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He previously served as a senior economist with the Federal Trade Commission, a senior research associate with the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and an economist with the U.S. Department of Justice. He recently served as the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. He teaches Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory, Quantitative Forensics, and Legal and Economic Theory of Intellectual Property.

Timothy J. Muris, a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, served from 2000 to 2004 as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. During his tenure at the FTC, he created the highly popular National Do Not Call Registry that has allowed millions of consumers to block unwanted telemarketing calls. In addition to his current position at the Antonin Scalia Law School, Muris is Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP. Professor Muris previously served at the FTC in three different positions from 1974 to 1985. After leaving the FTC in 1985, he served at the Office of Management and Budget for three years. He was also Of Counsel with the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott (1992-2000), Howrey Simon Arnold & White (2000-2001), O’Melveny & Myers (2004-2011), and Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2011-2017). A member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, Muris has written widely on antitrust, consumer protection, regulatory, and budget issues.

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