COVID-19: The Reaction of U.S. Antitrust Agencies* COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of American life right now, and there are myriad legal issues companies are facing from the pandemic’s fallout. These include antitrust considerations, ranging from potentially criminal conduct to government closures and delays affecting antitrust premerger filings and investigations. To be sure, U.S. antitrust agencies are making sure that they do not miss a beat in enforcing the antitrust laws. Increased Scrutiny of Conduct Related to the COVID-19 Fallout As the COVID-19-driven global economic crisis is impacting U.S.
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