Hipster Antitrust: A Brief Primer

Kevin Yeh

The full version of this article was originally published in the July 2018 issue of Perspectives in Antitrust newsletter, by the American Bar Association. Perspectives in Antitrust newsletter is a member benefit of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Civil Practice and Procedure Committee. Learn more about the Section of Antitrust Law.

Hipsters are known to ruin everything. But did they ruin antitrust too? One buzz term you 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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