- Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
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Professor Waller will be discussing his current book project which looks at antitrust issues in the American theater industry from the creation of a true national theater industry in the years following the civil war to the modern day. Competition and collusion are as much a part of the stage as they were (and are) in all sectors of the American economy. The talk will focus on the creation of the American Theatrical Syndicate in 1896, the entry of the Shubert Brothers, their rivalry and occasional collusion with the Syndicate, as well as the breakup of the Shubert Organization on antitrust grounds in the late 1950s. This branch of live entertainment also poses classic antitrust issues such as the definition of the market (vaudeville, burlesque, museum shows, etc.) and the role of new technologies (motion pictures, radio, television).
Spencer Weber Waller is the John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law, Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, and Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and international litigation courses. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal and the World Competition Law and Economics Review. Professor Waller is the author, co-author, or editor of 8 books and over one hundred articles on United States and international antitrust, including Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold, the founder of modern antitrust enforcement in the United States. He is the co-editor and contributor to Brands, Competition Law and IP (Cambridge University Press 2015). His recent scholarship focuses on antitrust, brands, class actions, high-tech industries, innovation, and intellectual property. He is the recipient of the 2014 Concurrence Antitrust Writing Award. Professor Waller previously taught and served as associate dean at Brooklyn Law School.
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