Global Competition Review reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) made significant revisions to the antitrust section of the Justice Manual. Antitrust partners Alicia Batts and Dylan Carson provided insight on these policy changes and manual updates.
Batts said the changes were intended to fulfill a Biden administration promise to make antitrust available for everyone. “The changes reiterate Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter and [Federal Trade Commission] Chair Lina Khan’s message that they are not going to be communicating solely with the antitrust community,” she stated. “They want to maintain open communications with other constituencies.”
Batts and Carson added that this new policy empowers staff. “Historically, there are certain members of the antitrust bar that have access to the front office, and the new rules make clear that going forward, the antitrust bar needs to work with staff,” Batts said. Carson further noted that the new policy is likely to boost staff morale.
“It is nice to see the policy” in writing that a target requesting a meeting with the front office will be required to go through staff and won’t be able to go over their head if they don’t get the answer they want, Carson explained.