The Data Competition Institute will advance a multidisciplinary approach to competition policy, drawing from other areas of law and intellectual fields. Current paradigms are ill-equipped to analyze markets in our data-driven global economy.

Allen P. Grunes

Allen GrunesAllen Grunes is an antitrust lawyer whose practice includes advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, providing counseling on non-merger matters, and representing clients in federal court, before the federal antitrust agencies and before Congress.  He has extensive experience in a range of industries, including media and entertainment, telecommunications, and the high-tech sector.

Mr. Grunes spent more than a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where he led many merger and civil non-merger investigations in radio, television, newspapers, motion pictures, and other industries.  He was part of the litigation team in a number of important cases brought by the United States, including United States v. Alex. Brown & Sons (NASDAQ Market Makers) and United States v. National Association of Realtors.  He and Maurice Stucke briefed and argued government’s application to participate in class action settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation (Wal-Mart Litigation).

Mr. Grunes writes and speaks frequently on antitrust topics.  He has also provided analysis for the media, including Bloomberg, CQ Weekly, Law360, Main Justice, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Mr. Grunes currently serves as Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.  He serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  A graduate of Dartmouth College and Rutgers-Camden School of Law, with an LL.M. from New York University, Mr. Grunes was included in Thomson Reuters 2014 list of Washington D.C. Super Lawyers. 

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Ohio and Illinois.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Regional Care Services Corporation, the parent company of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, in connection with the sale of the hospital to Banner Health.
  • Represented Warner Music Group in connection with the Universal/EMI merger before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Advocated against AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile for an informal coalition of companies seeking to preserve a competitive mobile wireless marketplace.
  • Represented a class of temporary nurses in federal antitrust litigation against a state-wide hospital association and several individual hospitals in Arizona.
  • Represented Lube Distributions Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of KRG Capital Partners in the sale of Petro-Choice, the largest distributor of consumable commercial, industrial and passenger vehicle lubricants in the Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest regions of the U.S, to Greenbriar Equity Group.
  • Assisted Graham Packaging Company, L.P., a portfolio company of Blackstone Capital Group, in a $568 million strategic acquisition of another manufacturer and supplier of technology-based, customized blow molded plastic containers for the branded food and beverage, household, personal care/specialty and automotive lubricants product categories.
  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Intellectual Ventures Management and individual inventors in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Microsoft Corporation v. i4i Limited Partnership patent case.
  • Represented an individual in an international criminal antitrust investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and European authorities in the freight-forwarding industry.

 


 

Maurice E. Stucke

Maurice StuckeMaurice Stucke is of counsel at the Konkurrenz Group and a tenured professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He has twenty years experience handling a range of competition policy issues in both private practice and as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the Antitrust Division, he successfully challenged anticompetitive mergers and restraints in numerous industries, and focused on policy issues involving antitrust and the media. As a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses. As an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, Professor Stucke assisted in defending Goldman Sachs, CS First Boston, and Microsoft in civil antitrust litigation. The Legal Aid Society presented him two awards for his criminal appellate and defense work.

He is admitted to practice in New York.*

*Application to the District of Columbia Bar pending; all legal work under the direct supervision of an enrolled, active member of the District of Columbia Bar, who takes responsibility for the quality of the work and any complaints concerning the legal services provided.

Professional Activities

  • Professor Stucke publishes and speaks regularly on competition policy in both the United States, Europe, and Asia. His scholarship re-examines much of the conventional wisdom in competion policy in light of the empirical findings from behavioral economics and psychology. In re-evaluating the goals and assumptions of competition law, he seeks to provide policymakers with a more empirical approach to competition policy.
  • Professor Stucke’s scholarship, which has been cited by the U.S. federal courts, the OECD, the United Nations, competition agencies and policymakers, is already impacting competition policy. He was invited by the OECD and competition authorities from the European Union, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, and United States to discuss his research.
  • In 2009, Professor Stucke was asked to serve as one of the United States’ non-governmental advisors to the International Competition Network, the only international body devoted exclusively to competition law enforcement and whose members represent national and multinational governmental competition authorities in over 100 jurisdictions.
  • Professor Stucke also serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Antitrust Institute, where he chaired a committee on the media industry that drafted a transition report for the incoming Obama administration. He serves on the board of the Academic Society for Competition Law and on advisory board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.
  • Professor Stucke received a number of awards including a Fulbright fellowship to teach at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for his article “Behavioral Economists at the Gate: Antitrust in the Twenty-First Century.”

Education

  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1994, magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University, A.B., 1987