DOJ Demurs On Newspaper Antitrust Exemptions

Law360, New York (April 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A month after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to consider granting new antitrust exemptions for the ailing newspaper industry, a U.S. Department of Justice official has told lawmakers that the agency will not support such a move.

Increasing technological changes and other challenges facing the industry make antitrust enforcement even more critical, Carl Shapiro, deputy assistant attorney general for economics in the department's Antitrust Division, argued Tuesday in testimony to a competition subcommittee of the U.S. House of...
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