Unlike Fine Wine: The JV Guidelines A Decade Later

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EST) -- In 2000, the federal antitrust agencies — the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice — jointly issued guidelines for assessing competitor collaborations, commonly called the JV guidelines.[1]

They are a landmark effort by the agencies to delineate the general antitrust framework for assessing all collaborations short of merger, such as joint ventures and strategic alliances.

The JV guidelines clarify often confusing antitrust principles, but should not be confused with the actual laws. The guidelines are not binding on...
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