Shutdown Pushes Antitrust Agencies Into Merger 'Triage'

By Bryan Koenig (January 7, 2019, 7:20 PM EST) -- The government shutdown has forced unpaid skeleton crews at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to focus only on mergers with ticking review clocks, shunting others to the back of the line as the antitrust bar plays the waiting game.

Handling the shutdown forced by President Donald Trump, experts say, has required a "triage" approach for merger reviewers at the agencies operating at significantly reduced staffing. Forty three percent of the FTC's Competition Bureau must keep working without a paycheck while the DOJ's contingency plan kicked in when the Antitrust Division ran out of funding Monday, forcing...

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