CASE COMMENTS: EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN LAW - GUIDELINES - MERGERS - EFFICIENCY DEFENSE

United States: The Federal Trade Commission withdraws its vertical merger guidelines

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Does legal certainty exist in antitrust law? The FTC has once again answered in the negative by deciding to delete one of its flagship texts: the Vertical Merger Guidelines. It must be said that this decision is as surprising as it is astonishing, as this soft law text was adopted... in June 2020! Couldn't we have expected a longer lifespan for these guidelines? The debates and consultations that took place over many months certainly deserved better than this sudden and unexpected withdrawal of the text. Why such a reversal? According to the majority of FTC

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Walid Chaiehloudj, United States: The Federal Trade Commission withdraws its vertical merger guidelines, 15 September 2021, Concurrences N° 4-2021, Art. N° 103482, pp. 194-195

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