Is Google Microsoft 2.0?

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In the 1990’s, the United States obtained a major antitrust victory against Microsoft. The decision helped shape the Internet as we know it. Today, Google stands accused of using its market power to stifle competition in a case that will set the rules for the next stages of the digital economy. This panel will explore the legal and ethical issues surrounding how Google provides its services from a variety of different perspectives.

Speaker Bios:

Anat Alon-Beck is an Associate Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve School of Law. Alon-Beck’s research focuses on corporate law and governance. Her work examines how legal and regulatory structures influence the shift in equities from public markets to private markets, and the rise in the number of “unicorn” firms, which are privately held venture-capital backed startups that are valued at $1 billion or more. She hopes to develop a novel, comprehensive framework within which a deeper understanding of market contracting, regulatory changes and policy surrounding unicorn firms can be achieved. Her research on these issues is frequently cited by policymakers, judges, leading scholars in the corporate law and finance fields. It was cited to US Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alon-Beck also focuses on corporate governance, responsible and sustainable business models, operations and investments and new social paradigms. She wants her students to be able to recognize the exciting potential for business law to create multiple forms of value for all stakeholders, including society at large. She is passionate about empowering women to advance in entrepreneurship and leadership positions in the business world.

Rita Bryce was a federal prosecutor for 23 years with the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice in the Cleveland Field Office. She teaches antitrust law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Rita is also an independently licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist with offices in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights. Rita obtained her JD and MSW from Case Western Reserve University and her BA from Vanderbilt University.

Eric Chaffee, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve School of Law, is an expert in and teaches courses relating to business law, contract law, law & technology, and taxation. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards for his teaching.

A prolific writer, Chaffee’s scholarship focuses on business law with an emphasis on compliance, cyberlaw, securities regulation, taxation and business ethics. He is an author of the leading treatise on securities regulation in cyberspace. His work has been accepted for publication in numerous law reviews, including the Boston College Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review and Washington and Lee Law Review. He has published articles in specialty journals at various institutions, including Stanford Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Michigan Law School. Chaffee is regularly invited to speak at symposia, conferences, workshops and other events across the United States and abroad. He has lectured at institutions throughout Europe and China.

Chaffee is actively involved in various legal professional organizations. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as chair of the Section on Securities Regulation of the American Association of Law Schools and chair of the Section on Scholarship of that institution as well. He is also a co-founder of the National Business Law Scholars Conference (the leading business law academic conference in the United States), and he currently sits on the executive committee of that organization.

Chaffee is a sought-after legal commentator. He has been interviewed and quoted by numerous news outlets—including BBC News, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, CNBC, CNN, The National Law Journal, NPR, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal—on a variety of legal topics. Before entering the legal academy, Chaffee was an attorney with Jones Day, where he handled civil and criminal matters for numerous Fortune 500 companies. As a law student, he also spent time working at Legal Aid in both Philadelphia and Ohio.

Throughout his career, Chaffee has worked with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including serving on several boards and advising various institutions on legal issues. Chaffee is licensed to practice law in Ohio. He is also a trained Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Raymond Ku is the John Homer Kapp Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Co-Director of Case’s Center for Law, Technology and the Art. He received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law where he was a Leonard Boudin First Amendment Fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, and his A.B. with Honors from Brown University where he was the recipient of the Philo Sherman Bennet Prize for the best political science thesis discussing the principles of free government. Ku clerked for the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then practiced constitutional, intellectual property, and antitrust law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and First Amendment/media and intellectual property law with Levine Pierson Sullivan & Koch, L.L.P., both in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Cornell Law School, Seton Hall University School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law.


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