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Antitrust Enforcement Under Obama

Law360, New York (May 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- While a candidate, President Obama committed that if elected, he would instruct his administration “to reinvigorate antitrust enforcement.”

To lead this “reinvigoration” effort, he has chosen new enforcement officials — Christine Varney to be assistant attorney general (“AAG”) at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Jon leibowitz as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.

The Senate voted on April 20, 2009, to confirm Varney as AAG, and Leibowitz was elevated to chairman at the end of February. (Because he was a sitting...
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