Sacrificial love: The Tipline for 23 February 2021

During testimony before the Senate on Monday, Judge Merrick Garland confessed antitrust was his “first love” at law school. But if Judge Garland wishes to become America’s chief competition law enforcement officer, it will come with a cost: relinquishing his seat on the prestigious US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. With that, he may be sacrificing the opportunity to weigh in for a third time in the Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge antitrust litigation, as a federal court issued a first-of-its-kind decision in the case on Friday. Also in today’s Tipline, Julia Schiller moves back to private practice, Representative David Cicilline previews “Glass-Steagall for the internet” and Judge Garland pushes back on rumours surrounding Antitrust Division leadership.

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