AAI’s advocacy opposing concentrative horizontal mergers and vertical mergers that harm consumers generates national attention by enforcers, Congress, and the business community.
Some mergers can facilitate collusion between rivals and create dominant firms that have the market power to raise prices and exclude rivals. Consumers suffer from higher prices, and reduced quality, variety, choice, and innovation. There is growing evidence that years of lax antitrust enforcement–particularly on the merger front–has contributed to declining competition in the U.S. economy. AAI believes that current law supports increased enforcement but also that Section 7 of the Clayton Act should be strengthened and clarified