Moss Says Vacancies at the DOJ and FTC Impair the Agencies Ability to Enforce the Antitrust Laws Says (Washington Post)

Diana Moss was quoted in the June 27, 2017 Washington Post story E.U. fines Google a record $2.7 billion in antitrust case over search results; Regulators say Google illegally steered users toward its shopping site. The company is expected to appeal.

If U.S. regulators agree to open an investigation, it may not lead to an enforcement action. And any action against Google would probably need to pass muster before a judge, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute. Such a process could take years to play out.

“All of these vacancies are I think putting a lot of stress and pressure on the enforcement infrastructure at a time when we badly need our competition enforcement infrastructure to be moving smoothly and efficiently,” Moss said. “There are a lot of cases on deck – things are stacking up in the pipeline.”