Class 5. Consumer Welfare and Other Goals

Robert Bork’s failed Supreme Court nomination contributed a word to US English. In Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb “bork“: “to attack or defeat (a nominee or candidate for public office) unfairly through an organized campaign of harsh public criticism or vilification.” Class 5 explains the antitrust legacy of Robert Bork.

Shortly after Bork’s death in 2012, I discussed Bork’s antitrust legacy with the Washington Post: ‘Antitrust was defined by Robert Bork. I cannot overstate his influence.’

Robert Bork Confirmation (Sept. 29, 1987)

The testimonies of Phillip Areeda and Donald Baker.
Professor Phillip Areeda of Harvard Law School was one of the most influential antitrust thinkers in the twentieth century. His antitrust treatise, today known as Areeda & Hovenkamp, is still the leading antitrust treatise and the most cited antitrust work.
Donald Baker was Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Antitrust Division from 1976 to 1977. Baker is the only member of the career Antitrust Division staff to be appointed Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Antitrust Division.

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