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Eric J. STOCK, New York Attorney General’s office: Reflections of a New York’s former top antitrust enforcer

In this interview, Eric J. Stock, the outgoing Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s office, fields questions about his time in government from Jonathan Jacobson, a partner at Wilson Sonsini and the Vice-Chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Stock describes several cases that he led for New York during his tenure, including the joint New York/U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit seeking to unwind an allegedly anticompetitive merger of Manhattan tour bus operators. Mr. Stock also discusses the proper role of state antitrust enforcement within the broader U.S. federal system, and his views on how the states can act positively to promote effective antitrust enforcement within that system. On June 1, Mr. Stock becomes a partner in the New York office of the international law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Interview conducted by Jonathan Jacobson,Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, New York.

Eric, you had a very successful career in private practice before heading the Antitrust Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. What led you to take on that demanding job? I’ve always had a lot of respect for the antitrust laws and those who enforce them. Antitrust enforcement ensures that our nation’s markets are working well and delivering the best results for consumers. But the task of discriminating between business conduct that promotes consumer welfare and that which harms competition is not always simple. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the antitrust laws and those who enforce them.” Enforcing the antitrust laws is not like uncovering obviously objectionable conduct like fraud or a Ponzi scheme. For someone like me who cares a lot about the antitrust laws, there is

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  • Gibson Dunn (New York)

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Eric Stock, Eric J. STOCK, New York Attorney General’s office: Reflections of a New York’s former top antitrust enforcer, May 2016, Concurrences Review N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79806, www.concurrences.com

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