The Covid-19 emergency has upended even the most established norms. The hotels and restaurants of Washington DC have been empty this month, when they should be playing host to thousands of competition lawyers at the annual antitrust law spring meeting of the American Bar Association. Gone were the cocktails, camaraderie and conference speeches, and the association instead moved online, producing a series of live and recorded “virtual” panels spread over most of a fortnight.
Despite the unusual approach, the key message of the event was clear: the pandemic may have thrown working methods and well-established legal norms up in the air, but life goes on and agencies are on the hunt for classic cartels as well as the Big Tech abuses of the future.
MLex was listening in to all the virtual receptions, podcasts and video conferences, and this report brings you a comprehensive, and unrivalled, insight into the issues at hand.