Recent DOJ and FTC actions highlight the role of remedies in antitrust matters

The agencies' actions and speeches provide guidance into how to best remedy antitrust matters with the government

Under the Obama Administration, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have not hesitated to litigate antitrust merger and conduct cases. Settlements in several recent high-profile antitrust matters (e.g., US Airways/American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch InBev/Grupo Modelo, Honeywell/Intermec, Nielsen/Arbitron, and major book publishers) highlight that the government enforcement agencies are willing to resolve antitrust cases before or during litigation.

Recent speeches by officials from the DOJ and the FTC emphasized the role of remedies in civil and criminal cases, and provided guidance to companies regarding the settlement process. Both officials noted that their guidance generally is applicable to matters before both the DOJ and FTC because the agencies are well aligned with respect to remedies.

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Laura Wilkinson

Laura Wilkinson is an antitrust partner in the Washington, DC office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges with a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Ms....

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