Archer Daniels Midland Segment from "Fair Fight in the Marketplace"





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Published on Sep 11, 2009

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This segment from Fair Fight in the Marketplace shows the real story of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) price-fixing scandal, the basis for the movie "The Informant!", and includes excerpts from the actual FBI undercover footage shot by Mark Whitacre, played by Matt Damon in the movie.
Fair Fight in the Marketplace provides an engaging look at our antitrust laws that give protection to both American consumers and businesses. The half-hour program also considers a more fundamental question: can a set of regulations created by the Sherman Act at the end of the 19th century be relevant in todays era of digital technology and high-speed communications?

Hosted by NPR and Fox News commentator Mara Liasson, the program provides a short, colorful history of the antitrust laws in America and features three recent case studies— * Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) leading a worldwide price-fixing conspiracy (the focus of the movie "The Informant", starring Matt Damon -- see below) * Mylan Pharmaceuticals cutting off supplies to competitors to inflate prices * Microsofts bullying of Netscape to capture the internet browser market

Distinguished authorities in law and economics offer context and commentary, while noted business journalists provide special insights and bring a seemingly impenetrable subject into meaningful focus. Victims from the corporate schemes relate the impact on their lives and give viewers a sense of how antitrust laws affect everyday matters like product pricing, selection, and quality.

With the challenges we face in todays global economy, there is considerable value in helping students understand the modern landscape of antitrust legislation and corporate practices. The educational edition of this program features considerable web content that provides the user with a wealth of action opportunity and supplemental information. Optimized for educational use, this DVD version of Fair Fight in the Marketplace has been paired with comprehensive webresources for the classroom, empowering teachers to present this topic in a thorough and organized manner, while also giving students an easy-to-use, one-stop resource online for reading assignments or test preparation.


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