Antitrust Developments To Expect In Obama’s 2nd Term

Law360, New York (November 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EST) -- During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to “reinvigorate antitrust enforcement” and “step up review of merger activity” because the federal antitrust agencies — the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission — had not been aggressive during President George W. Bush’s two terms, particularly regarding merger enforcement and single-firm conduct.

In addition, there had been relatively little litigation by the Antitrust Division. That changed following President Obama’s election in 2008. The agencies were more active on both mergers...
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