Wilson Sonsini Discusses Bill to Reshape U.S. Antitrust Enforcement

On February 4, Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act (CALERA), which provides for wide-ranging changes to the U.S. antitrust laws.[1] CALERA follows the release of a report last year by the staff of the House Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by Representative David Cicilline.[2] Senator Klobuchar’s legislation proposes significant changes to the antitrust laws but is less radical than some of the recommendations in the House Judiciary Committee report. Still, if enacted, CALERA would result in the most significant changes to antitrust law in decades, likely resulting in more aggressive merger enforcement, particularly … Read more

Gibson Dunn Discusses Antitrust in the Trump Administration

It is too early to predict with confidence the direction that antitrust policy will take in the Trump Administration, because the President-elect has not yet announced who will lead the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) or the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”).  But President-elect Trump’s selection of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and an antitrust transition team consisting of former Antitrust Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Higbee, former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, and Alex Pollock of the R Street Institute suggest that some changes to the level and types of federal antitrust enforcement are likely to … Read more