New Head of the Antitrust Division Sets the Tone: 'It is Time for the Antitrust Division to Step Forward Again.'


Christine Varney, the new Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, declared today that antitrust enforcers “cannot sit on the sidelines any longer,” and pledged to pursue a policy of “more vigorous antitrust enforcement in this challenging era.”[1] The key takeaways for business are that under Varney?s leadership there will be:

*Greater scrutiny of conduct by companies with market leading positions, particularly conduct designed to harm competitors.

*Greater scrutiny of IP licensing, distribution and other conduct involving upstream and downstream business partners.

*A willingness to consider new theories of anticompetitive effects, and to become an advocate for stronger antitrust enforcement in the courts, agencies and Congress.

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