The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2009

Recent Enforcement Activities of the US Antitrust Agencies

01 January 2009

The two federal regulatory agencies charged with enforcing the federal antitrust laws, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the FTC and the DoJ; collectively, the Agencies), have continued their recent efforts to improve the efficiency of the merger review process by identifying and quickly closing the books on mergers that do not threaten competition, while taking appropriate steps to investigate and, where necessary, remedy those mergers that pose a significant risk to competition. As the sole agency charged with criminal enforcement powers, the DoJ has also continued its recent trend of allocating significant resources and attention to prosecuting cartels.

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