AAI’s Alexander Says Senate-Confirmed AAG is Critical for Strong Antitrust Enforcement

In the Law360 article “Biden’s DOJ Antitrust Pick Kanter Headed For Senate Hearing” from September 30, 2021, AAI Vice President of Policy Laura Alexander discusses the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Jonathan Kanter, the White House nominee for assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.

From the article:

Some are eager to see the Senate roll the process along after eight months of no movement on the antitrust chief confirmation.

“We think that having a Senate-confirmed AAG is absolutely critical for strong antitrust enforcement,” Laura Alexander, vice president of policy at the American Antitrust Institute, told Law360 on Thursday. “The fact that the Senate is moving forward with this nomination is a good thing.”

“In addition to having someone who’s Senate-confirmed, what we really need is a fully engaged AAG with an aggressive litigation strategy,” she added.

Kanter would be the senior-most competition policy official in the administration and fill the post at a time when antitrust enforcement is defined by a massive pushback against the power of online technology platforms and, more generally, corporate concentration.