Our nation’s federal prosecutors recommend themselves as dispassionate champions of the law. As then-Attorney General Robert Jackson put it: “Although the government technically loses a case, it has really won if justice has been done.” The government, he said, should seek “truth and not victims.” The United States’ top lawyers repeat these sentiments often.
For the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, seeking “truth and not victims” means prosecuting cases that benefit consumers. And it means winning with strong economic analysis rather than with legalistic maneuvering or chicanery.
By this measure the government’s lawsuit to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner was a shambles. Continue reading “Thanks to the Court, Justice Done in AT&T/Time Warner Merger Challenge”