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ABA Section of Antitrust Law releases Presidential Transition Report

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ABA Section of Antitrust Law releases Presidential Transition Report

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2017 — The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law today released its 60-page eighth sequential Presidential Transition Report, which offers a retrospective of current state and federal antitrust and consumer protection law and policy, as well recommendations for ways the new Trump administration might consider further strengthening policy and enforcement to deal with new antitrust challenges on the horizon.

The report is the product of a team of lawyers, professors and economists, including private practitioners, a member of the federal judiciary and scholars from the nation’s leading universities. The consensus of these experts is a compelling case for the foundational statutes, for the judicial interpretations and for the objective analysis that have shaped the law.

Among highlights in the report:

  • Recommendations for policy in health care, vertical mergers and privacy.
  • Calls for more transparency and consistency in investigations.
  • Analysis of controversial issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.
  • Concern about the competitive effects of emerging financial regulations.
  • Criticism of civil-penalty assessments and proposals for reform.
  • Support for the importance of international engagement.
  • Identification of numerous policies in need of agency guidance.

The views expressed are on behalf of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. They have not been approved by the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and unless otherwise noted, should not be construed as representing the policy of the American Bar Association.

The complete report is available online.

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