Antitrust Agencies Ready For Tough Fights In 2012

Law360, New York (January 1, 2012, 12:00 AM EST) -- Facing the complex pressures of an election year, regulatory agencies are sure to make 2012 a year full of fireworks, with aggressive cartel enforcement, creative thinking in merger reviews and a new push to shake up antitrust’s role in intellectual property matters, attorneys say.

Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have multiple investigations in the pipeline with lots of potential, attorneys say. And while FTC commissioners serve seven-year terms, and are thus somewhat insulated from election year politics, DOJ antitrust leaders...
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