The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2018

United States: Energy

11 September 2017

In last year's article, we cautioned that the oil industry has been in the crosshairs of both regulators and private plaintiffs since the 1890 enactment of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Then, however, came the 2016 US presidential election. Now-President Trump has unveiled ‘An America First Energy Plan', and Rick Perry and Scott Pruitt, former governor of Texas and attorney general of Oklahoma, are leading the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency respectively, and the US Supreme Court once again has a full complement of justices with a perceived conservative majority. Halcyon days indeed for the industry, at least perhaps until the 2018 midterm elections. In the interim, a number of energy antitrust cases are working their way through the courts.

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