11.16.2008 The Obama Administration: Will “Change” Include a Change in Antitrust Enforcement?

During his campaign, Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly proclaimed that, with his election, “change” would be coming to Washington, D.C. Now that Sen. Obama has become President-Elect Obama, will his recipe for change extend to the antitrust laws? Will the incoming Obama administration change the way federal regulators view the antitrust laws? Will it increase the number of antitrust enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)? Well, if candidate Obama’s statements along the campaign trail are an accurate indicator of his future intentions, all signs clearly point towards a significant increase in antitrust enforcement at the federal level over the next four years.

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