Did T.R. pull his antitrust punches?

Blawgletter has speculated that antitrust enforcement runs in cycles (see here).  More support for the guess comes today from the pages of San Jose Mercury News (article here):

"Right now from a business perspective, it appears frankly that there has been a retreat from Section 2 enforcement," said Tom McCoy, executive vice president of legal affairs at AMD of Sunnyvale, referring to the part of the Sherman Act that prohibits monopolization.

McCoy [also] said he believed that Section 2 violations "are not getting the same kind of energetic enforcement and investigation" as they have in the past.

AMD of course has a bone to pick with its larger rival Intel, but the question arises anyway:  do current antitrust enforcers equate bigger with better? 

Barry Barnett

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