Varney Defends Record, Counters Merger Review Critics

Law360, New York (July 12, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT) -- Outgoing U.S. Department of Justice antitrust chief Christine Varney defended her record Tuesday in a speech at the Center for American Progress, addressing claims by critics that the agency's reviews of several blockbuster mergers were too permissive under her watch.

Varney — who will step down as head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division in August — has overseen the agency's conditional approvals of several big-ticket transactions over the past two years, including the controversial Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc.-Live Nation Inc., Comcast Corp.-NBC Universal and Google Inc.-ITA Software...
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