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Giving away the first year of law school

Christine Hurt suggests: If Progressive Law School costs $30,000 a year today, then starting next year, the first year is free, and the second year is $45,000 and the third year is $45,000.  Students are admitted the same way, only tuition is deferred until a student registers for the second year of law school.  If ... Giving away the first year of law school

AT&T/T-Mobile RIP

Yesterday, AT&T announced it was halting its plan to acquire T-Mobile. Presumably AT&T did not think it could prevail in defending the merger in two places simultaneously—one before a federal district court judge (to defend against the DOJ’s case) and another before an administrative law judge (to defend against the FCC’s case). Staff at both ... AT&T/T-Mobile RIP

Larry Ribstein, RIP

This morning our dear colleague, Larry Ribstein, passed away.  The intellectual life of everyone who knew him, of this blog, and of the legal academy at large is deeply diminished for his passing. For me, as for many others, Larry was an important influence, not only intellectually but personally, as well.  Larry was the godfather ... Larry Ribstein, RIP

Competition for the Field on the Internet

Keith Woolcock (Time Business) offers an interesting perspective on what economists would describe as “competition for the field” between Apple, Facebook, Google, and Facebook.  It gives a good sense of the many dimensions of competition upon which these firms compete. The upcoming IPO of Facebook, the flak surrounding Twitter’s decision to censor some tweets, and Google’s weaker-than-expected 4th-quarter ... Competition for the Field on the Internet

Remembering Larry Ribstein

  Like everyone else, I am shaken by Larry’s untimely passing. He was a fine scholar and a truly nice person. His *generosity* is what I remember most about him, especially as relates to younger scholars. As Geoff has mentioned, an obvious example of Larry’s generosity to the young was his willingness to put his ... Remembering Larry Ribstein

Remembering Larry Ribstein

I was terribly saddened and, quite frankly, dumbfounded when I heard that Larry Ribstein had passed away. I had seen Larry approximately three weeks before when he gave a workshop at Yale and the last thought that would have crossed my mind would have been that I would be receiving such horrible news. At the ... Remembering Larry Ribstein

GMU Law Review Symposium on High-Tech Antitrust on January 26th

I am very pleased to pass along this information about the 15th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law on January 26th, 2012 sponsored by the George Mason Law Review, GMU Law & Economics Center, and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.   The George Mason Law Review, in partnership with the George Mason University Law & Economics ... GMU Law Review Symposium on High-Tech Antitrust on January 26th

Macey on Anticapitalist Claptrap, Private Equity, and Politics

Jonathan Macey (Yale) defends private equity against nonsensical attacks from Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and others (Rick Perry is spared by Macey, but not by Bainbridge) in today’s Wall Street Journal: Mitt Romney’s candidacy is subjecting the entire private-equity industry—where Mr. Romney spent most of his business career—to vicious attacks by journalists and several of ... Macey on Anticapitalist Claptrap, Private Equity, and Politics

Divining a Regulator’s Intent

Regulated firms and their Washington lawyers study agency reports and public statements carefully to figure out the rules of the road; the clearer the rules, the easier it is for regulated firms to understand how the rules affect their businesses and to plan accordingly. So long as the regulator and the regulated firm are on ... Divining a Regulator’s Intent

Privacy Interview

I was recently interview about privacy on the BBC Online Magazine by Kate Dailey.  Here is the interview: Magazine 26 January 2012 Last updated at 13:11 ET Could Google’s data hoarding be good for you? By Kate Dailey BBC News Magazine Google’s announcement that is now tracking users’ web movements has upset privacy advocates. But ... Privacy Interview

FTC Mobile Payments Workshop on April 26, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission conference announcement is below; note that public comments on the date of the conference.  This is an important space and should attract some excellent speakers.  The topics suggest a greater focus on consumer protection than competition issues.  Here is the announcement: The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on April ... FTC Mobile Payments Workshop on April 26, 2012

New Study Links Wireless Adoption to Jobs: It’s All About the Spectrum (and Siri)

Economists recognize that the source of sustainable, private-sector jobs is investment. Due to measurement problems with investment data, however, it is sometimes easier to link a byproduct of investment—namely, adoption of the technology made possible by the investment—to job creation. This is precisely what economists Rob Shapiro and Kevin Hassett have done in their new ... New Study Links Wireless Adoption to Jobs: It’s All About the Spectrum (and Siri)