Hipster Antitrust

A Brief Primer

Kevin Yeh
Hipster antitrust has prompted a vigorous debate about competition policy.

Hipster antitrust has prompted a vigorous debate about competition policy.

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Hipsters are known to ruin everything. But did they ruin antitrust too? One buzz term you might be hearing lately among antitrust practitioners is “hipster antitrust.” But what does that term even mean? Does it involve bearded competition lawyers? Are all the cool people doing it? Is it vegan? This piece will briefly look at “hipster antitrust”—what it is, why it came about, criticisms against it, and whether it has anything to offer the prevailing modes of antitrust analysis.

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