Keith Hylton

William Fairfield Warren DIstinguished Professor
Professor of Law
School of Law

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B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Keith Hylton, a William Fairfield Warren Professor of Boston University and Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, joined the BU Law faculty in 1995 after teaching for six years and receiving tenure at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a prolific scholar who is widely recognized for his work across a… Read more

Keith Hylton, a William Fairfield Warren Professor of Boston University and Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, joined the BU Law faculty in 1995 after teaching for six years and receiving tenure at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a prolific scholar who is widely recognized for his work across a broad spectrum of topics in law and economics, including tort law, antitrust, labor law, intellectual property, civil procedure, and empirical legal analysis. He has published four books and nearly 100 articles in numerous law journals, and serves as a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, co-editor of Competition Policy International and editor of the Social Science Research Network’s Torts, Products Liability and Insurance Law Abstracts. He is a former chair of the Section on Torts and Compensation Systems of the American Association of Law Schools, a former chair of the Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the American Association of Law Schools, a former director of the American Law and Economics Association, a former Secretary of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Education and a current member of the American Law Institute.

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  • Google’s Big European Fine Could Be Just the Start for Silicon Valley

    June 27, 2017

    Wall Street Journal quoting Keith Hylton, School of Law “The Google shopping-ad business targeted Tuesday by the European Union’s antitrust cops is relatively small for the search giant’s parent, Alphabet Inc…” View full article. 

  • Hate Crime Statutes Don’t Impede Free Thought, They Deter Crime

    January 23, 2017

    National Law Journal By Keith Hylton, School of Law “Recent applications of hate crime statutes have generated fresh criticism this month in newspapers as ideologically diverse as The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe…” View full article

  • Is an AT&T-Time Warner merger less likely under a Clinton presidency?

    October 24, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Keith Hylton, School of Law It would be reasonable to expect American voters who worry about the impact big business mergers could have on the economy to gravitate toward the Democratic presidential nominee. Expert quote: “For the most part, Republicans have been much more relaxed about mergers, and it’s typical for someone […]

  • Facebook Grilled by EU’s Vestager Over WhatsApp Merger U-Turn

    September 16, 2016

    Bloomberg Keith Hylton, School of Law Fresh from battles with Apple Inc. and Google, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is quizzing Facebook Inc. about a U-turn over its use of WhatsApp customer data just two years after EU watchdogs cleared the $19 billion takeover with no strings attached… Expert quote: “It will rankle a lot […]

  • Big banks lose as U.S. appeals court revives Libor lawsuits

    May 23, 2016

    Reuters Keith Hylton, School of Law A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived private antitrust litigation accusing major banks of conspiring to manipulate the Libor benchmark interest rate, in a big setback for their defense against investors’ claims of market-rigging… Expert quote: “The likelihood of the plaintiffs actually having suffered harm is quite speculative in […]

  • McGovern: WHDH may have trouble proving antitrust law violation

    March 11, 2016

    Boston Herald Keith Hylton, School of Law Ed Ansin has a tough legal road ahead if he wants to block Comcast from ending WHDH-TV’s network contract because federal antitrust law — which has been narrowed by the nation’s highest court — makes his claims hard to prove… Expert quote: “On the basis of the facts […]

  • Ansin’s Channel 7 sues Comcast in NBC fight

    March 11, 2016

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Keith Hylton, School of Law WHDH-TV (Channel 7), the NBC television affiliate in Boston owned by Ed Ansin, has gone to court in a bid to block Comcast Corp. from terminating the station’s network contract... Expert quote: “That’s his best case, the facts have to be pretty special.” View full article

  • Reconsidering America’s Languid March to the 6-Hour Workday

    October 9, 2015

    Inverse Keith Hylton, School of Law Sweden is shortening its workdays. But in the States, the economics of it still look dicey… Expert quote: “If employer and employee want to make a deal to work only six hours, that’s one thing. But when you mandate a six-hour workday, you are, in effect, raising the cost […]

  • Google may face new antitrust inquiry into Android

    September 25, 2015

    USA Today Keith Hylton, School of Law Google may face a fresh round of U.S. antitrust scrutiny with regulators looking into whether it uses its Android mobile software to stifle competition… Expert quote: “Losing the ability to bundle its apps with Android would be undesirable for Google and would be a knock on its revenue stream.” […]

  • Google did NOT split up because of the EU, legal experts agree

    August 11, 2015

    Business Insider Keith Hylton, School of Law Google is splitting apart. The European Union has talked about splitting Google apart. Are the two related? Is Google trying to cleverly preempt whatever the Europeans decide to do?… Expert quote: “The core problem, from the EU’s perspective, is that Google enters into ‘vertical search’ markets while at […]

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