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The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act’s First Amendment Problem

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (“HSR Act”) is a centerpiece of federal antitrust law. Designed to aid enforcement of Clayton Act Section 7, which prohibits mergers and acquisitions that “may . . . substantially . . . lessen competition” or “tend to create a monopoly,” the statute requires purchasers of an issuer’s voting securities exceeding […]

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