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Darren Bush

Darren Bush has no picture Darren Bush is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Education background includes: B.A. (Economics), 1991, California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D. (Economics), 1995, University of Utah; J.D., 1998, University of Utah. Professor Bush writes and lectures on antitrust law & economics and regulated and deregulating industries with particular focus on electricity markets. Professor Bush received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, where he received a Teaching Fellowship, the Graduate Research Fellowship, and an award for outstanding teaching. While completing his J.D. at Utah, he consulted on issues regarding state deregulation of electric utilities, interned at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, taught various economics courses, and received a Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship in Political Economy. After receiving his J.D., Professor Bush served as an Attorney General's Honor Program Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division's Transportation, Energy, & Agriculture Section, where his primary focus was the investigation of mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. In 2001 Professor Bush returned to Utah as a Visiting Associate Professor, where he taught antitrust, law & economics, business organizations, and professional responsibility and consulted on numerous antitrust matters. To contact: DBush@central.uh.edu
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The Vampires Always Bite (Consumers)

It is time once again for the great debate between those who would suggest that the government avoid interfering in the workings of the marketplace, and those that would argue that government should strictly regulate the workings of the market.

I have found the answer to such lofty notions in a summer blockbuster involving allegedly self-restraining vampires, Twilight Eclipse.

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Response to Prof. Crump

Anyone who has taken a marketing course (or sold drugs in Baltimore) would realize the importance of rebranding. Merely restating the curriculum as Torts, Contracts, etc. would not be innovative.

 Many of us teach those tools of the trade in a single course, but suffer from a branding problem. “The actual real day how you would do it in real life practice of antitrust law course” would have too long a name.

I’m not sure I agree that the “what-do-you-think-method” is bad. It can be a good tool if used properly. I use it to make students craft remedies for antitrust violations so that they can see the consequences of knee jerk reactions in terms of regulation or free market philosophy.


On Grading

 One of the most important faculty functions (apart from the education of budding lawyers) is to appraise the abilities of students based upon a single snapshot known as the “final exam” or “final.”  The grade ultimately earned by the exam taker reflects the professor’s appraisal of the student based solely on what the student wrote on that exam. 

The difficulty with grading is not with the administering of the final exam, but rather how students and faculty perceive the discourse on grades. 

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Why have a Bar Exam? One Inductee's Appraisal

Legions of aspiring lawyers recently sat for licensing exams administered by their respective state bars.  Was it worth the effort?  Here's my take. Continue Reading...

Guns and Campuses: A Dangerous Combination

It is time once again for the discussion about whether students should be permitted to pack heat on a college campus.  See http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5885729.html.  

My thoughts on this issue have not changed.  As was stated in the op-ed I wrote (see below), allowing students to carry guns on a Texas college’s campus is a dangerous threat to higher education in Texas...


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NOPEC Clarified

The NOPEC Bill, which passed the House, would have repealed the Act of State Doctrine with respect to the petroleum industry. The bill was defeated in the Senate. President Bush (unrelated) threatened a veto.  

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Cartels are evil. (Response to Prof. Zamora)

As you know, the MOST recent lawsuit against OPEC is In Re Petroleum Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1886, currently in the Southern District of Texas.  Of course, there are serious obstacles in terms of an antitrust suit against OPEC

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In an op-ed published in the LA TIMES, Darren Bush and co-authors Harry First and John J. Flynn advance the notion that the brazen actions of the OPEC cartel run afoul of U.S. antitrust laws.
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Response to David Crump

Dear David, 

Of course the DOJ had clients.  We called them “the people.”

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Being a lawyer is NOT about intellectual debate??

I read Stracher’s piece this morning, and was devastated to discover that being a lawyer is not about intellectual debate.  Continue Reading...

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November 2, 2006 — Antitrust in Dallas