[ITAL] 4-29 The Fourth Estate


  • 林子儀,新聞自由的意義及其理論基礎,台大法學論叢第 22卷1期,頁59-103 (1992) (收於氏著「言論自由與新聞自由」專書)。

Assignment: Newspapers

  • How many newspapers are there in the U.S.? How are they distributed (geographically)? How are they usually categorized (national/regional…, daily/weekly…, morning/evening…)? How many “national” newspapers do they have? What is a “newspaper of record”? What is a tabloid? How many sections does New York Times have? What is an “op-ed”? Is a respected newspaper expected to stay neutral politically (or in any controversy)? How are American newspaper coping with the internet revolution?

[ITAL] 4/15 Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties


  • Text: ch. 10.

Assignment (若琳): Abortion Right

Hints: One of the most contested constitutional right is the right to abortion, as established in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). What’s the case about? What are the consequences? What’s the landscape of the debates today?

[ITAL] 4/8 Elections and Political Parties


Assignment 1 (雅婷): Women’s Political Participation

  • Hints: When did women get the right to vote? How did it happen? How about their other political participation (as elected officials, etc.)? How politically active are they today?

Assignment 2 (嬿儒): Presidential Primaries

  • Hints: Both main parties employ a nomination process (usually called primaries) to determine their presidential nominee. How does the process work? (When does it start? When does it end? How many primaries are there? Who runs a primary? What does the national convention do? etc.)

[Antitrust (Tue.)] 3/30-4/13 Vertical Restraints


  • Continental T. V., Inc. v. GTE Sylvania Inc., 433 U.S. 36 (1977) .
  • Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS, 551 U.S. 877 (2007).
  • Louis Kaplow, Extension of Monopoly Power Through Leverage, 85 Colum. L. Rev. 515 (1985).


  • Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Services, 504 U.S. 451 (1992).
  • Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & Sons Co., 220 U. S. 373 (1911).
  • State Oil v. Khan, 522 U.S. 3 (1997).
  • Albrecht v. Herald Co., 390 U.S. 145 (1968).
  • Jefferson Parish Hosp. Dist. v. Hyde, 466 U.S. 2 (1984).
  • Kodak II, 125 F.3d 1195 (9th Cir. 1997).
  • Xerox, 203 F3d 1322 (Fed Cir 2000).
  • Microsoft 2001, 253 F.3d 34 (D.C. Cir. 2001).
  • Robert H. Bork, Resale Price Maintenance and Consumer Welfare, 77 Yale L. J. 950 (1968).
  • Michelle M. Burtis & Bruce H. Kobayashi, Why an Original Can be Better Than a Copy: Intellectual Property, the Antitrust Refusal to Deal, and ISO Antitrust Litigation,  9 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 143 (2001) (the Westlaw ver. omitted tables, so you may want to try SSRN instead).
  • Constance E. Bagley & Gavin Clarkson, Adverse Possession for Intellectual Property: Adapting an Ancient Concept to Resolve Conflicts Between Antitrust and Intellectual Property Laws in the Information Age, 16 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 327 (2003).

[Antitrust (Tue.)] 3/16-23 Horizontal Restraints

Mandatory reading:

  • 認識公交法, p.138-148.
  • Polygram Holding v. FTC, 416 F.3d 29 (D.C. Cir., 2005).
  • C. Paul Rogers III, Consumer Welfare and Group Boycott Law, 62 SMU L. Rev. 665 (2009).

Additional reading:

  • Robert Bork, The Rule of Reason and the Per Se Concept: Price Fixing and Market Division, 74 Yale L.J. 775 (1965) and 75 Yale L.J. 373 (1966)
  • NCAA v. University of Oklahoma, 468 U.S. 85 (1984).
  • California Dental Ass’n v. FTC, 526 U.S. 756 (1999).

Consumer Welfare and Group Boycott Law

[ITAL] 3/18 The Executive Branch


  • Text: ch. 6.

Assignment (若琳): The Federal Trade Commission

  • Hints: When was it established? How is it organized? What is its mission? How does it carry out its mission? Why is it called an “independent” agency? How is it different from a “regular” (non-independent) agency? How does it coordinate with the DOJ on antitrust-related issues? How is it different from our FTC?