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Unformatted text preview: Federal antitrust guidelines revised By Amanda Becker Monday, August 30, 2010; 14 The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have revised the government's policy on how federal agencies will evaluate antitrust considerations in mergers between similar companies, the first major changes since the guidelines were issued in 1992. The new guidelines for "horizontal mergers" move away from the agencies' previous emphasis on market definition, market share and market concentration and instead delineate a fact-specific process for evaluating potential mergers based on a variety of evidence. Now when analyzing a potential merger, the government plans to use evidence gathered from the merging parties, customers and industry observers to examine pre-merger business decisions, compare the two companies' behavior and consider the actual effects of similar completed mergers. Both government representatives and antitrust attorneys in private practice say the revised guidelines, which were released April 19 after a four-month period of evaluation and extended public comment, bring the agencies'...
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