Distribution, Competition, and Antitrust / Intellectual Property (IP) Law

A Record “Flurry” of Antitrust Suits

According to this Bloomberg article, the DOJ’s recent suit to block Anheuser-Busch’s proposed takeover of Grupo Modelo SAB is the seventh civil DOJ antitrust case currently in litigation — the most ever at one time. As reported by Bloomberg:

“It represents an attitude of more skepticism of the efficiency benefits of merging that are often claimed by the parties in the transaction,” said John Connor, a professor of industrial economics at Purdue University. “There’s been a greater willingness to challenge mergers than there was” in the administration of former President George W. Bush.

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