The US Senate introduces the Competition and Antitrust Law enforcement Act

Antitrust by Fiat* The Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act (CALERA), recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, exhibits a remarkable willingness to cast aside decades of evidentiary standards that courts have developed to uphold the rule of law by precluding factually and economically ungrounded applications of antitrust law. Without those safeguards, antitrust enforcement is prone to be driven by a combination of prosecutorial and judicial fiat. That would place at risk the free play of competitive forces that the antitrust laws are designed to protect. Antitrust law inherently lends itself to the risk of erroneous interpretations of ambiguous evidence. Outside clear cases of interfirm collusion, virtually all conduct that might appear anti-competitive might just as

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Jonathan M. Barnett, The US Senate introduces the Competition and Antitrust Law enforcement Act, 23 February 2021, e-Competitions February 2021, Art. N° 99463

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