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This course discusses parens authority in antitrust matters. The doctrine of parens patriae allows a state to bring an action on behalf of its citizens in order to protect its quasi-sovereign interests in their health, comfort, and welfare. Attorneys general sue as parens patriae for their citizens in many different contexts. This course provides an overview of common law parens patriae principles, the codification of those principles in federal and state antitrust statutes, and the unique challenges of exercising and preserving parens standing in antitrust cases.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Parens Patriae including how it originated and how it exists in its current form.
  • Explain what a quasi-sovereign interest is under Snapps.
  • Identify case law regarding federal and state antitrust cases.
  • Apply the Snapp test for parens patriae standing.