DOJ Vertical Merger Guidelines Called 'Badly Out Of Date'

By Bryan Koenig (November 1, 2018, 7:56 PM EDT) -- A former U.S. Department of Justice chief antitrust economist, and lead government expert in its failed attempt to block AT&T from buying Time Warner, was one of several speakers Thursday advocating for an update to the guidelines that govern similar vertical tie-ups, which were last tweaked in 1984.

The DOJ's guidelines for so-called vertical mergers between companies on different points in the supply chain, rather than direct competitors joining together in a horizontal deal, are "badly out of date," University of California at Berkeley professor Carl Shapiro said. Shapiro's comments come as the DOJ announces plans for an update, and they...

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