Limited resources will test DOJ’s preference for molten lawsuits

By Bryan Koenig (January 26, 2022, 9:33 PM EST) — Jonathan Kanter, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, used his first address at work to say that merger deals should be “the exception , not the rule”. But antitrust professionals say his desire to challenge more potentially anticompetitive mergers in court will likely be tempered by limited government resources.

Kanter, the assistant attorney general for antitrust, said Monday that the antitrust division should focus on outright challenging anticompetitive agreements because assignments and other remedies are often not enough to protect consumers.

His outlook aligns with a Biden administration’s antitrust policy at the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission that…

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