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Today, Chairman of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) Board of Director Robert Skitol announc

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) applauds the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking decisive action to avert the anticompetitive and anti-consumer effects posed by a merger of Staples and Office Depot, the only two remaining office supply superstores left in the United States. “The agency deserves enormous credit for protecting competition and consumers,” said AAI President Diana Moss.

Today, American Antitrust Institute President Diana Moss testifies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights on the proposed AB InBev/SABMiller merger.

Moss’ testimony sketches the landscape of the U.S. beer market that has been marked by significant consolidation during the past 10 years. Allowed to proceed unremedied, the deal would put almost 75 percent of the U.S. beer market in the hands of one company. With significant control over wholesale distribution, the merged company could thwart competition from smaller rivals such as craft brewers, further raise beer prices to consumers, reduce choice, and sacrifice innovation in this important sector.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) held its third annual Antitrust Enforcement Awards on Wednesday night, honoring litigation achievements in three categories.

Today, the AAI commended the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for taking an important step on the path to restoring competition in critical U.S. airline markets. The government has filed suit against legacy carriers United and Delta alleging violations of Section 1 and Section 2 of the Sherman Act.

As part of our efforts to promote the vitality of private enforcement and preserve antitrust class actions in particular, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) issues periodic updates on developments in the courts and elsewhere that may affect this important device for protecting competition and consumers. 

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has announced its selection of leading legal practitioners and economists to be recognized at the AAI 2015 Antitrust Enforcement Awards.  The top Award and recognition of all finalists and honorable mentions will be featured at a gala awards dinner on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 following the AAI’s Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference.  Registration and program information for the conference and the awards dinner is available here

From Bloomberg Business:  The $48.4 billion purchase of Cigna announced Friday morning would cut the number of major health insurers to three from five, making it challenging for Anthem and its rivals to win approval from the Justice Department, antitrust experts say.

“You’d have a massive reshuffling and increased concentration,” said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington. “It’s more bottlenecking of the health-care supply chain, which we worry about already.”

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) today issued a white paper titled The Proposed Merger of Staples and Office Depot: Lessons from History and New Competitive Concerns. The paper urges the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carefully scrutinize the competitive impact of the proposed Staples/Office Depot merger.

AAI President Diana Moss discussed whether mergers are good for consumers on CNBC's Nightly Business Report on July 7, 2015. Watch here.