John B. Kirkwood

Seattle University

John B. Kirkwood is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Mission at Seattle University School of Law. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute. He has edited two books and written numerous articles, including an article on buyer power quoted by the Supreme Court, an article on the goals of the antitrust laws, with Robert Lande, published in the Notre Dame Law Review, and an article on the likelihood of entry, with Richard Zerbe, published in the George Mason Law Review. He has spoken frequently at antitrust conferences and testified at the hearings on predatory pricing held by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. After graduating from Yale magna cum laude and with Honors of Exceptional Distinction in Economics, he received a masters degree in public policy and a law degree from Harvard, both with honors. He directed two antitrust policy offices and the premerger notification program at the FTC in Washington, D.C., managed antitrust cases and investigations at the FTC’s Seattle office, and taught antitrust as an adjunct at the University of Washington and SU. He has received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Dean’s Medal.


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John B. Kirkwood The US Supreme Court overturns a lower court decision for the plaintiff but reiterates the traditional method of proving secondary line price injuries under the Robinson-Patman Act (Volvo Trucks / Reeder-Simco)


The Robinson-Patman Act and Consumer Welfare: Has Volvo Reconciled them?* The Robinson-Patman Act is the black sheep of antitrust. Unlike the other antitrust laws, its fundamental goal is not to preserve competition in order to benefit consumers, but to limit competitive rivalry in order to (...)

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