Populist Fervor Is Upending Antitrust Policy

Law360 (November 12, 2020, 5:18 PM EST) -- Like so much else in the public square these days, it turns out that antitrust policy, which ought to be about little more than dispassionately regulating corporate conduct for the benefit of consumers, can be taken over by populist fervor and weaponized for political purposes.

My research[1] has led me to this conclusion, and recent events have confirmed it — first when the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., issued a majority staff report[2] threatening to break up Google Inc. and other big tech companies, and then when Attorney General William Barr...

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