When it comes to learning about competition law and fair business practice amongst government regulators and international market traders, the Bloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation (A&TR) Report houses all the necessary information needed to stay up to date on the practice area. Since 1961, the A&TR Report has covered all the major topics of competition law, including monopolization, mergers and acquisition, and price fixing while also tracking the progress of cases and international enforcement initiatives for the DOJ and FTC.
With all the website has to offer, including recent U.S. and international court decisions and a list of law firms who were recently involved in antitrust litigation, I will focus on using the search feature in “Recent Topics”.
Let’s use this example: As a compliance director for a university, you are concerned with the growing number of student-athletes who are being harmed because of their involvement with sports agents. You wish to see if there are any federal laws regulating the interaction between sports agents and student athletes.
First, visit CSL’s website, hover over “Law Library” in order to click on “Electronic Resources,” click on “A-Z Index of Databases” and scroll down to the A&TR Report listed in the A’s. After clicking on the link, it will take you to the home page, which will feature highlights from the issue of the particular week.
Near the top of the screen and towards the middle, you will the tab “Recent Topics,” which will give you an alphabetical heading list, that can be broken down to give you particular cases, legislation or official action within that area. Next you can click on the letter “S” at the top of the next screen and then click on the “Sports” tab to expand the heading.
This does not provide you with much help, so in order to locate additional articles, use the “Search” feature of the index located near the top of the screen on the right hand side. You type “sports” in the general search box, hoping that there is more information available to you regarding the area than the first search provided. You receive more than 300 documents back, which is good to know but you do not have the time to look through each one to figure out if it pertains to you.
Using “Advanced Search”, right under the search box, you can focus on terms like “sports agent” and “student athletes,” while also limiting the search to the past 10 years to get exactly the results you are looking for.
While the only real limitation I see is that you have to search the entire report for a topic rather than one index at a time, the resource is a great tool for all attorneys, no matter the area of practice we may end up in.
~Taurian C. Houston, L’13~