DOJ Antitrust Division Gets Off The Sidelines

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 8:04 PM EST) -- Antitrust enforcers at the U.S. Department of Justice seem no longer content to wade in only from afar and are ramping up efforts to push legal and policy priorities directly in private disputes.

In recent weeks, the DOJ's Antitrust Division has asked permission from several courts to participate as an amicus in a number of private cases, and more requests are coming. The division's decision to intervene in a wider range of antitrust cases is a departure from its historic practice, which as been to influence hot-button competition topics like standard-essential patents and no-poach accusations primarily through speeches and public statements....

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