Energy Antitrust: The Year In Review And What Lies Ahead
Antitrust enforcement and litigation in the energy industry remained steady in 2020, despite unprecedented challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the merger enforcement front, the Federal Trade Commission brought four energy-related actions.
The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division did not file any merger enforcement actions, but obtained a guilty plea in an investigation involving the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Energy-related private litigation was robust, including several manipulation cases and continued filed-rate-doctrine litigation.
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