The Obama Trials

Blocking Block

09 November 2017

The Obama administration’s first litigated merger challenge and its lasting impact on antitrust enforcement It was around half past six on the evening of 31 October 2011: Halloween night. Members of the US Department of Justice trial team were sitting in a conference room on the seventh floor of the Liberty Square Building in downtown Washington, DC, poring over copies of the court’s opinion. Everyone was sipping champagne out of Dixie cups.