Meeting Archive:
An Antitrust Primer, a webinar presented by EIA Women's Council for the members of NSWMA and WASTEC

Meeting Description:
Michael Boomgarden will present antitrust issues generally, covering:
  • An introduction to criminal antitrust law.
  • A discussion of what activities constitute an offense under the Sherman Antitrust Act, and the penalties for violations.
  • A brief primer on detecting and reporting antitrust offenses.
David Biderman will present antitrust issues specific to the solid waste industry,  including:
  • Examples of enforcement against solid waste companies and historic divestiture requirements in connection with certain mergers;
  • Certain rules of the road (i.e., don't get together with a competitor and decide one will focus on area X while the other focuses on area Y);
  • Certain contractual provisions that raise antitrust concerns ("evergreen provisions");  and
  • NSWMA's strict adherence to the Noerr-Pennington doctrine which protects joint activity by competitors in the advocacy context.
The session will include time for Q&A. The FREE Webinar is being presented by the EIA Women’s Council, providing education and scholarships to the environmental industry.
Date: Mon, Apr 23, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM CDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Peggy Macenas, Manager of the EIA Women's Council
 Presenter Information
Michael Boomgarden, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
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Michael Boomgarden is a Trial Attorney with the Midwest Office of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Chicago, Illinois.  Boomgarden is a retired Air Force JAG and has been with the Antitrust Division since 1988.  He was one of the co-authors of the ABA’s Handbook on Antitrust Grand Jury Investigations.  During the course of his career as a prosecutor, Boomgarden has prosecuted a wide variety of offenses, ranging from fraud to murder to espionage. He is a 1982 graduate of Boston College Law School.


David Biderman, Environmental Industry Associations
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David Biderman is the EIA General Counsel and Director of Safety.  Biderman develops the associations’ positions on a variety of legal issues, including flow control and interstate. He provides frequent legal advice to staff and the association’s chapters, files amicus briefs in state and federal courts on behalf of NSWMA, and supervises NSWMA’s litigation activities. He is responsible for the EIA/NSWMA Safety Program. Before Biderman joined NSWMA in 1997, he practiced environmental law at Steptoe & Johnson, where he worked for more than eight years, focusing on environmental, health and safety, and transportation issues. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.