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Antitrust Chief Defends Sticking To Consumer Welfare Focus

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 6:31 PM EDT) -- Shortly before a D.C. federal judge cleared AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner, the U.S. Department of Justice’s top antitrust official on Tuesday said in Washington, D.C., that consumer welfare will continue to be the cornerstone of DOJ antitrust enforcement, rejecting calls to expand the Antitrust Division’s goals to include concerns over democratic market structures or other social benefits.

In comments made at an Open Markets Institute event on concerns raised by media consolidation, DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim said the agency’s opposition to the AT&T/Time...
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