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Energy Antitrust: The Year In Review And What Lies Ahead

By Darren Tucker, Jason Powers and Lindsey Vaala

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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