DOJ's Baer Warns Against Protectionism In Antitrust

By Melissa Lipman (September 12, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust chief warned Friday that global enforcers should steer clear of using competition law to push a protectionist agenda by promoting industrial policy, pursuing leverage in trade talks or interfering with intellectual property rights.

Antitrust enforcers worldwide have made good progress bringing their standards closer together on issues like transparency and due process, but the risk of using competition policy to take on unrelated national goals remains, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer said at Fordham Law's Annual International Antitrust Law & Policy Conference.

"We must ensure and be vigilant in ensuring that enforcement decisions are not...

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