J. Bruce McDonald

Jones Day (Houston), Jones Day (Washington DC)
Lawyer (Partner)

Bruce McDonald represents energy, transportation, and telecommunications companies in antitrust government investigations and enforcement actions, merger reviews, and antitrust private litigation. He has worked extensively in related sectors, including petroleum and petrochemicals, oilfield services, electricity, aviation, satellite communications, and media.

Bruce served as deputy assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice for four years from 2003 to 2007. While at the DOJ his antitrust enforcement responsibilities covered energy, telecommunications, transportation, health care, and regulated markets. The attorney general appointed Bruce to serve as the DOJ’s representative on the Electric Energy Competition Task Force created by Congress. He was also part of the U.S. delegation that negotiated the "open skies" agreement between the U.S. and the European Union.

Bruce currently serves as chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Antitrust & Business Litigation Section. He previously served as chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Transportation & Energy Committee and chairman of the Houston Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. Bruce has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and speaks and writes frequently on antitrust law enforcement and policy. He also taught antitrust and trade regulation as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, and the American Bar Association. Bruce is involved in community and pro bono matters that serve church, civic, and family and youth organizations.

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Articles

10505 Bulletin

J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton, Michael H. Knight, Nathaniel J. Harris , Ryan C. Thomas, Thomas D. York The US FTC publishes a blog post reminding merging parties to avoid creating antitrust liability through the exchange of competitively sensitive information during merger negotiations

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In Short The Situation: The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") recently published a blog post reminding merging parties to avoid creating antitrust liability through the exchange of competitively sensitive information during merger negotiations and due diligence. The Risk: Information-sharing (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton, Paula W. Render The U.S. Department of Justice recommends a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts manufacturer accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing (Kayaba Industry)

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The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing, based largely on the defendant’s having quickly instituted a rigorous antitrust compliance program – even though only after the government initiated its (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton, Paula W. Render, Ryan C. Thomas The U.S. Department of Justice recommands a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing (Kayaba)

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The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing, based largely on the defendant’s having quickly instituted a rigorous antitrust compliance program – even though only after the government initiated its (...)

David P. Wales, J. Bruce McDonald, John M. Majoras, Kathryn M. Fenton, Michelle K. Fischer, Ryan C. Thomas, Stephen J. Squeri The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division considers individual civil enforcement actions against executives implicated in corporate wrongdoing (Yates Memo)

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The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division will consider individual civil enforcement actions against executives implicated in corporate wrongdoing, according to recent comments by DOJ Assistant U.S. Attorney General Bill Baer. His comments follow a September 2015 memo, "Individual (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton The 7th Circuit US Court of Appeal reverses and remands with instructions to enter judgment for defendants a shareholders’ derivative suit alleging that a compagny violated Section 8 by having on its Board of Directors two individuals who also served on the boards of its competitors (Sears Roebuck & Co.)

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Although Section 8 of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 19, which prohibits competing corporations from sharing directors or officers, is an important concern for the business community, the statute has received surprisingly little attention from government enforcers or judicial opinions in recent (...)

David P. Wales, J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds FTC subpoena in investigation into bundling and exclusionary practices (Church & Dwight Co.)

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A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a district court decision enforcing the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative subpoena and civil investigative demand in an ongoing FTC investigation. The December 13, 2011, opinion is noteworthy (...)

Craig Waldman, J. Bruce McDonald The US DoJ allows acquisition of the leading airfare pricing provider by the largest Internet search provider with settlement reflecting antitrust enforcement trends (Google / ITA)

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On October 5, 2011, following a public comment period, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its final judgment approving the requirements Google and ITA Software have agreed to in order to address the U.S. Department of Justice’s alleged anticompetitive concerns stemming (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Toby G. Singer A US Court of Appeals rejects antitrust lawsuit that challenged premerger planning and information exchanges between two health insurers (Omnicare/UnitedHealth)

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This article has been selected for the business category, mergers section of the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected an antitrust lawsuit by institutional pharmacy (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Kathryn M. Fenton, Leslie C. Overton The U.S. DOJ obtains disgorgement remedy in civil antitrust settlement with a power electricity undertaking in a market manipulation case (KeySpan)

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Reaching the end of a three-year investigation, today the Department of Justice Antitrust Division asked a New York federal court to approve the DOJ’s settlement of claims that KeySpan violated the antitrust laws by manipulating the NYC wholesale electricity market. The DOJ claimed KeySpan (...)

J. Bruce McDonald, Ryan C. Thomas The US DOJ files an antitrust lawsuit to challenge a consummated merger in the manufacture and sale of specialized electronic components (Microsemi, Semicoa)

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In another reminder that U.S. antitrust enforcers can challenge mergers even after closing, and even for deals not subject to premerger notification under the HSR Act, on December 18, 2008, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the July 2008 (...)

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