Antitrust Is Easy (When You Think You Know All the Answers)
We are in a new era for antitrust. There’s an attempt being made to throw the old rules out, and unfortunately, their replacements are being written by two bureaucratic government agencies at the forefront of “progressive” change in antitrust enforcement. Together, the Federal Trade Commission, under Lina Khan, and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, under Jonathan Kanter, are updating their agencies’ merger guidelines to push a political agenda against mergers. Luckily, their attempts to discourage mergers in the marketplace are unlikely to go far. Hubris within the antitrust agencies will ultimately backfire when the courts reject their attempts to overhaul merger enforcement.