Diane Wood: Antitrust Law - The Tortoise or the Hare?

Interview conducted by Lina Khan, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, New York. First publication in Women & Antitrust, Voices from the field – Vol. II, Kristina Nordlander (Curation & Foreword), Nicolas Charbit and Sonia Ahmad (Editors), Concurrences, 2020.

Prior to your appointment to the 7th Circuit, you were a legal academic specialising in antitrust (among other areas), and you worked for several years at the Antitrust Division. What drew you to antitrust? My first exposure to antitrust law occurred during the summer after my second year in law school (at the University of Texas at Austin), when I was a summer associate in Washington, DC, at Covington & Burling. The first case to which I was assigned was Purex v. Clorox. I came to appreciate the fact that this was the private spin-off from the Supreme Court’s famous decision in FTC v. Procter & Gamble Co, [1] which had been issued so many years earlier. The partner called me into his office and said, “We need to have an analysis of everything in the record that P&G/Clorox

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  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago)
  • US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)


Diane P. Wood, Lina Khan, Diane Wood: Antitrust Law - The Tortoise or the Hare?, May 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 99968,

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