Dallas Partner Brad Weber, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Antitrust Practice Group, was quoted by the National Law Journal on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) strategy aimed at preventing anti-competitive mergers through court actions and by settlement. Weber explains the FTC uses the courts aggressively to test the limits of federal antitrust law as well as the will of the parties seeking to merge.
“The FTC understands that by filing these cases, it may cause other companies to abandon challenged transactions because of the time and legal costs involved, even when there is a good chance the transactions would not be enjoined if decided by a court,” said Weber. “Some have referred to this motive as ‘Regulation by Intimidation.’”
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