William J. Baer
Assistant Attorney General
Despite the challenges of a hiring freeze, furloughs, and budget cuts, the dedicated women and men of the Antitrust Division stayed focused and accomplished much during the last year. We remedied two large mergers, prevailed in a major civil nonmerger trial, proved to a court the need to unwind a consummated transaction in a high-tech market, and obtained record sanctions in prosecuting a wide-ranging criminal cartel.
The Division newsletter describes each of these matters and other civil and criminal enforcement activities and summarizes the Division’s competition advocacy efforts at home and abroad. We hope it provides you with a window into the Division’s internal operations, including an opportunity to meet just a few of the many hard-working public servants who are responsible for our successes.
I am honored to be a part of this team. We at the Division look forward to continuing to uphold our commitment to ensuring the American consumer receives the benefits of a vigorously competitive marketplace.
The Antitrust Division’s civil enforcement program continues to protect and promote competition to the benefit of American consumers. During the past year, the Division’s law enforcement efforts preserved competition in a variety of industries, including airlines, e-books, and health care.
The Antitrust Division’s vigorous criminal enforcement efforts continued in the past year. The Division obtained significant fines and prison sentences, including the longest sentence involving a Sherman Act violation and other criminal activity.
Competition Advocacy and Policy
Effective law enforcement is core to the mission of the Antitrust Division. But so is competition advocacy—to government entities, private firms and organizations, and the general public.
Over the past year, the Antitrust Division continued to pursue its many international initiatives, including enforcement and policy cooperation, bilateral and multilateral activities, and technical assistance. These efforts help protect U.S. consumers by strengthening enforcement and promoting international convergence around sound antitrust principles.
Publications and Speeches
Transparency, clarity, and policy leadership are key elements of effective and efficient antitrust enforcement. Accordingly, the Division periodically publishes speeches, guidelines, policy statements, and closing statements that provide guidance on the legal and economic analytical frameworks the Division employs when reviewing proposed transactions and conducting investigations.