Stephen Calkins

Stephen Calkins

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Stephen Calkins

Biography

Professor Stephen Calkins returned to Wayne Law in fall semester 2015 after being on leave since 2011. During his leave, Calkins served as a member of The Competition Authority of Ireland and director of its Mergers Division and later as a member of the melded Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Ireland. He also served as an adjunct professor at University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law.

From 2008 to 2011, Calkins served as Wayne State University's associate vice president for academic personnel, while continuing to teach at Wayne Law on a limited basis.

From 1995 to 1997, he served as general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, a position to which he was nominated by FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky. At Wayne Law, Calkins taught courses and seminars that drew on this experience - Antitrust and Trade Regulation, and Consumer Law - plus Torts and occasionally Corporations. He has taught at the universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Utrecht (The Netherlands) and served as Wayne Law's interim dean.

Calkins is in demand as a speaker, annually delivering many presentations on competition and consumer law and policy to governmental, professional and academic audiences across the United States and overseas. Before joining The Competition Authority of Ireland, he consulted with federal, state and foreign governmental agencies. He has testified before Congress and federal and state agencies. He is a prolific author with articles in leading academic and specialty journals. His books include Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice (4th ed. 2008) (with C. Paul Rogers III, Mark R. Patterson and William R. Andersen), Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2004) (with Ernest Gellhorn and William Kovacic) and, as a co-editor, ABA Antitrust Section, Consumer Protection Law Developments (2009).

Calkins participates in a wide range of professional activities. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the advisory boards for the American Antitrust Institute, Sedona Conference and National State Attorneys General Program Advisory Project at Columbia Law School. For the American Bar Association, he has served on the Councils of the Sections of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the Section of Antitrust Law (two, three-year terms). He is a former chair of the Association of American Law School's Antitrust and Economic Regulation Committee.

At Wayne State, Calkins served three terms on the Academic Senate's Policy Committee (its executive committee). He served as the Senate's parliamentarian from 2000 to 2007. Previously, he served on various university committees, including the Review Advisory Panel for Economics and the university Promotion and Tenure Committee. At Wayne Law, he has served multiple terms on the promotion and tenure committee, budget committee, curriculum committee and faculty appointments committee. He was an elected member of the 2003-04 Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. Previously, he chaired the ad hoc committee on U.S. news and the task force on student recruitment.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard University. He is the recipient of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fiftieth Anniversary Publications Award, Federal Trade Commission Award for Distinguished Service and Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Calkins lives in Northville, Mich., and, with his eight siblings, he owns a summer place on Long Lake (near Traverse City, Mich.) that was established by his grandparents more than 80 years ago.

Degrees and Certifications

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Yale University
 

Courses Taught

Antitrust
Consumer Law
Torts
Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Current Issues (Seminar)
Comparative U.S.-European Competition Law (Seminar)

Selected Publications

 A Cautionary Word about Competition Law, in Tim Clakins' Defending Your Brand: How Smart Companies Use Defense Strategy to Deal with Competitive Attacks (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)

Wrong Turns in Exclusive Dealing Law, in How the Chicago School Overshot the Mark 156-78 (Robert Pitofsky ed. 2008) (Oxford University Press)

Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika (USA) (with William E. Kovacic & Derek Ludwin), in Internationales Kartell-Und FusionSkontrollverfahrensrecht � 46 (J�rg Philipp Terhechte, ed.) (Verlag Ernst und Werner Gieseking 2008)

Broadcast Music, Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., in Antitrust Stories ch. 7 (Eleanor M. Fox & Daniel A. Crane eds. 2007)

Coming to Praise Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, in European Competition Law Annual: 2006, at 343 (Claus-Dieter Ehlermann & Isabela Atanasiu eds., 2007)

Competition Law in the United States of America, in Competition Law Today: Concepts, Issues, and the Law in Practice (Vinod Dhall, ed.) (Oxford University Press 2007)

Civil Monetary Remedies Available to Federal Antitrust Enforcers, 40 U.S.F. L. Rev. 567 (2006) (symposium issue)

Books

  • Consumer Protection Law Developments (American Bar Association) 2009 co-editor

    The focus of this book is a complete and detailed perspective on consumer protection laws, with emphasis on developments regarding federal, state, and international law, as well as industry self-regulation. You'll find information on administrative litigation, consumer class actions, Lanham Act and Sherman Act litigation, and express, implied, and establishment claims; qualitative and quantitative consumer perception analysis; industry standard, modified industry standards, and nonstandard product testing; statistical analysis and more.

    In addition to advertising law, this book endeavors to identify all the applicable laws, touching on all of the relevant disciplines, including deception and unfairness, promotion and direct marketing, private remedies, privacy and data security, industry self-regulation, and international consumer protection.

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  • Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice, Fourth Edition (LexisNexis) 2008 co-authored with C. Paul Rogers III, Mark R. Patterson and William R. Andersen

    From LexisNexis.com: "This book explores in detail those legal issues that arise in counseling, planning, and litigating under the antitrust laws. It is designed to integrate theory and policy issues with doctrine and practice so that students will emerge with a fundamental grasp of antitrust doctrine, at least an introduction to the vagaries of antitrust practice, and a sensitivity to policy issues undergirding the application and enforcement of the antitrust laws. The Fourth Edition of Antitrust Law: Policy and Practice provides close coverage of the application of antitrust doctrine to cutting-edge technologies, the Internet, and to rapidly shifting markets."

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  • Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (Thomson-West, 5th edition) August 2004 co-authored with Ernest Gellhorn and William E. Kovacic

    This 600-page book provides a thorough introduction to all of antitrust law and economics. It looks both backward to history and forward to future developments, reviewing all of the major cases and issues. It provides context, doctrine, and analysis. The authors include a former and the current General Counsel to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Derecho y Economia de la Competencia (Thomson-West, 5th edition) August 2004, translated into Spanish 2008 co-authored with Ernest Gellhorn and William E. Kovacic

    As a contribution to Mexican competition law, Professor Calkins's co-authored Antitrust Nutshell has been translated into Spanish by the Mexican Competition Commission, USAID, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Accomplishments

  • Stephen Calkins

    presented Competition Law Enforcement: Convergence and Divergence at UCD Dublin Sutherland School of Law. 

     

     

  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute's annual conference in Washington, D.C. His topic was "Greatest Hits in Antitrust - Mergers, Monopoly and More."

  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the 17th annual Loyola Antitrust Colloquium in Chicago.

  • Stephen Calkins

    provided expert consumer advice about credit cards for WalletHub.com. Read his advice here.

  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke at the American Antitrust Institute's International Antitrust Roundtable in Washington, D.C. His presentation was titled, "Observations on the Year in International Antitrust."

  • Stephen Calkins

    participated on a panel of experts at Georgetown Law's 10th Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium in Washington, D.C. His panel discussed, "Hot Topics in U.S. Enforcement and Policy."

  • Stephen Calkins

    presented a primer on antitrust law and pleading standards under Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly at the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter's antitrust committee lunch and learn.

  • Stephen Calkins

    presented "Teaching Consumer Law in Ireland" at the University of Houston Law Center's Teaching Consumer Law Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Stephen Calkins

    will be one of four panelists during The Chair's Showcase at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The topic is "Examining the Per Se Rule." Around 2,000 antitrust lawyers, economists and government officials are expected to attend this plenary event.

  • Stephen Calkins

    gave a presentation for the Department of Political Science Colloquium Series. He spoke about his experiences working for the Irish government as a member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

  • Stephen Calkins

    presented "Both Sides (of the Pond) Now: Reflections on Competition Enforcement in the US and the EU," at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland.

  • Stephen Calkins

    was appointed a Fellow of the European Law Institute, which is modeled on the distinguished American Law Institute. The European Law Institute, founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organization, aims to improve the quality of European law, understood in the broadest sense. It seeks to initiate, conduct and facilitate research, to make recommendations, and to provide practical guidance in the field of European legal development.

  • Stephen Calkins

    was the speaker at the inaugural American Bar Association Antitrust Section Global Seminar, a networking event held in Brussels, Belgium. His talk was "A Review of Both Sides of the Pond."

In the news

  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted in the FTC Watch article "DOJ moving at ‘full speed’ while FTC stays in holding pattern."

  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg Law for its report, "Trump’s FTC Pick Known for ‘Energetic’ Antitrust Enforcement."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by the Kitsap Sun for its report, "State sues CHI Franciscan, alleging anticompetitive deals in Kitsap."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by FTC: Watch for its report, "Ohlhausen touts successes amid waiting game."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "FTC Credited for Showing Muscle in Walgreens-Rite Aid Case."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by FTC: Watch for its report, "DOJ drops Amex case after protracted battle, 11 states pick up baton."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg Big Law Business for its report, "Without DOJ Backing, States Pursue AmEx Antitrust Appeal."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by FTC Watch for its report, "Trump antitrust era expected to usher in big, small changes."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by FTC Watch for its report, "Lipsky talks continuity at FTC, but wants some changes."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Recode for its report, "Trump's possible pick for FTC chair might have to recuse himself in cases involving Google, Facebook or Microsoft."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Ohlhausen Seen Auditioning to Keep Top FTC Role."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg for its report, "Ramirez Exit Gives Trump Unprecedented Chance to Shape FTC."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by The Wall Street Journal for its report, "Obama Antitrust Enforcers Won't Bring Action in Airline Probe."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Trump viewed as wild card for mega mergers."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by The Pennsylvania Record for its report, "FTC wins preliminary injunction against Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle merger."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by the Indianapolis Business Journal for its report, "DuPont-Dow merger faces big EU obstacle."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Bloomberg BNA for its report, "Clinton Seen Continuing Obama Merger Crackdown."

  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Global Competition Review for its report, "Market definition should decide fate of challenged health insurance deals."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by Global Competition Review for its report, "FTC drops West Virginia hospital merger challenge."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    was quoted by The Pennsylvania Record for its report, "Former FTC attorney: Win in Hershey/Pinnacle merger 'critically important."

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  • Stephen Calkins

    spoke with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best about a suit against Dish Network for allowing their contractors to violate do-not-call laws by placing millions of robocalls to consumers.

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