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Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's Official - Varney to Head DOJ Antitrust

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

I just read the press release (no link).

The following announcements were made today: Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust

Varney has extensive experience in antitrust issues. Through her time both inside and outside of government, she has worked to foster vigorous competition and has led the way in taking new approaches and utilizing newer theories, particularly in technology markets. While an FTC Commissioner, Varney pioneered the application of innovation market theory analysis to transactions in both electronic high technology and biotechnology.  She also focused her efforts on healthcare issues, vigorously enforcing the antitrust laws in that industry, while also encouraging the government agencies to be more receptive to innovative delivery modes and models.  She is the author of an important antitrust opinion In the Matter of International Conference Interpreters, in which she concluded that certain practices were in fact price and non-price restraints. Her approach was hailed as both practical and innovative.  Varney has won recognition from several leading commentators including Global Competition Review, Chambers USA, and International Who' Who of Competition Lawyers.  She is cited as a one of the "Super Lawyers" of Washington DC in 2008.  Varney received her J.D., from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986; her M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1978; and her B.A. fromThe State University of New York , University at Albany in1977.

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