FOIA at the Anti-Trust Division By Eric Lynch

Freedom of Information Act Since records in the Executive Branch are subject to the Freedom of Information Act, any citizen can request access to any document unless they are bound from public disclosure. For example, the Department of Justice website explains that records affecting “national security, personal privacy, privileged records, and law enforcement interests” are … Continue reading

Media Access By Caroline Pacl

Freedom of Information Act Helps To begin with, the Department of Justice is responsible for overseeing the implementation of FOIA across state agencies. Because of this, the DOJ and its many divisions set the bar for all other agencies in how it manages the media and how it makes information available to the public. The … Continue reading

Major Cases in Anti-Trust Law By Bobby Oler

Where it all began… Any discussion of key antitrust cases begins with Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States. By the late 1890s, the company had reduced the price of kerosene down to as low as six cents per gallon. The secret to their success? They were cutting deals with transportation companies to … Continue reading

How Price-Fixing is Enforced By Idia Aisien-Ogbebor

Price fixing Can be defined as an agreement among competitors to elevate or fix their product prices. This agreement can occur among manufacturers, or competing sellers and buyers. An example of international price fixing would be the Citric Acid case of 1996 by the four companies that came to be known as the G-4 or … Continue reading

Who’s Who and how to reach them By Chris Purvis

Useful Contact & Information for Public Access: The United States Department of Justice and United States Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division is a difficult agency for any regular individual to navigate. This is especially the case when it comes to accessing material online, on the United States Department of Justice website – http://www.justice.gov/atr/. This compilation … Continue reading

Structure & Background Info By Joe Kennedy

Mission Statement “The mission of the Antitrust Division is to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on antitrust laws and principles.” Roots of the Division The Anti-Trust Division enforces three main laws: the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act. These three policies were created to protect American … Continue reading

Legal Aspects of Communication: A Class Blog

  Welcome! This blog is an online guide created by members of the American University course: Legal Aspects of Communication. The idea of this blog, is to create an online resource of information on how to access public records and meetings at the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division. The cases we cover include the Sherman … Continue reading