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AT&T Merger Fight No Outlier, FTC Competition Head Says

Law360, Washington (January 10, 2018, 9:31 PM EST) -- The acting head of the Federal Trade Commission’s competition bureau pushed back Wednesday against claims that the government’s move to quash a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner constitutes a change in approach to deals creating vertical integration, saying antitrust agencies have always been willing to challenge them.

FTC and U.S. Department of Justice attempts to stop “inherently anti-competitive” horizontal M&A transactions between competing companies outnumber challenges to deals to combine corporations that operate at different points on the value chain by nearly 40 to...
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