Sanjukta Paul

Sanjukta Paul, assistant professor of law at Wayne State University, has written widely on the intersection of antitrust and labor policy. The ideas here are developed further in “Antitrust as Allocator of Coordination Rights,” forthcoming in the UCLA Law Review

 

Recent Articles

The Double Standard of Antitrust Law

How today’s antitrust law strengthens top-down corporate control and weakens democratic cooperation

This article appears in the Summer 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Antitrust law, established originally to limit corporate power, has become its friend. Think about the following anomalies: • If a group of independent truck drivers forms an association to jointly bargain their prices, that combination is a cartel: automatically illegal, perhaps criminal. But if the same truck drivers go to work for a company that charges customers for their services on a single price schedule, there is no antitrust violation, even though this arrangement suppresses price competition precisely to the same extent. What is illegal outside a corporation is legal within it. • If a group of small suppliers gets together to jointly bargain with Amazon for a better deal, that too is an illegal cartel. But if Amazon contracts with them and charges the same price for their goods, there is nothing illegal about it. • If drivers for Uber join in an...