The State of State-Federal Cooperation at the Antitrust Division: A View from the Front Row

Mark Tobey, Nov 14, 2012

Under the leadership of former Assistant Attorney General (“AAG”) Christine Varney and Acting Assistant Attorneys General Sharis Pozen and Joseph Wayland, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division has renewed and expanded federal-state partnerships that are essential to many of the division’s accomplishments. As AAG Varney stated in an early speech to the state Attorney General (“AG”) antitrust community, the division is prepared to work “hand-in-glove with our partners in State Attorney General Offices.” For my part, having worked more than 20 years as a state antitrust enforcer at the Texas Attorney General’s Office before coming to Washington, I know first-hand that effective federal-state coordination, like we have, does not happen accidently. In truth, it cannot occur without open communication, constant nurturing, and a large measure of mutual good will.

Of course, the focus on the importance of cooperation is not new for the Antitrust Division. Earlier this year, when the former AAG for Antitrust James Rill received the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ’s”) John Sherman Award for lifetime accomplishment in antitrust, much of the praise was for Rill’s contribution to the development of international cooperation mechanisms in antitrust law and publication of the first joint Department of Justice/Federal Trade Commission (“DOJ/FTC”) horizontal merger guidelines. In his acceptance speech, Rill took pains to emphasize another important accomplishment: His …


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