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Is merger enforcement tough enough?

A path-breaking conference on merger retrospectives brought together scholars, antitrust lawyers and competition enforcement officials from around the world to George Washington Law School last week, in an event convened by former FTC Chairman William Kovacic, to study the latest thinking and research on the actual empirical consequences of mergers.


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Commentary: Commissioner Wright’s Section 5 policy leaves much to be desired

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Grocers engage in spud fight

Book review: "Captive Audience" takes on the telecommunications industry

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