This Week in the News…

Posted: June 29, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, June 24, Detroit News

Hoffa Poised to Carry on Teamster Reform

“But Kenneth Kovach, a professor of industrial relations at George Mason University who is familiar with Teamsters history, thinks the union rushed its return to Vegas. ‘Hoffa ran as a reform candidate,’ Kovach said. ‘He promised to restore the Teamsters to their past glory. I guess Vegas is the place to go if you want to restore the Teamsters to their past glory. That is their stomping ground. But if you are running as a reformer, you don’t go back to the scene of the original crimes.'”

Monday, June 25, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Electric Deregulation in Texas May Lead to Innovation, Confusion, Lower Prices

“In most industries, deregulation has led to sharply lower costs, according to a study by Robert Crandall of the Brookings Institution and Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ten years after deregulation, they said, prices for natural gas and trucking services declined by more than 50 percent. Long-distance prices were down 47 percent, with 44 percent declines for rail service. Airline charges, perhaps the most visible to consumers, declined by 29 percent in the first decade and have remained low.”

Wednesday, June 27, Financial Times

U.S. Asked to Reinstate Airline Pricing Suit

“The U.S. Justice Department yesterday said it would ask a federal appeals court to reinstate a controversial predatory pricing suit against American Airlines, a move that took antitrust lawyers by surprise. They had assumed this would be one of the first cases dropped by the Bush administration…. ‘What this tells us is they are going to be more aggressive and that there may be less change at the Justice Department than we originally thought,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert at George Mason University.”

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