It has been more than 50 years since the Supreme Court first deliberated over the potential competition doctrine in United States v. Penn-Olin Chemical Co., where the Court recognized that Section 7 of the Clayton Act may be violated based on that theory of competitive harm. While the Court generally recognized the potential competition doctrine in Penn-Olin, it did not distinguish between the present and future effects on competition. This key distinction underlies two distinct theories of harm that comprise the potential competition doctrine – “perceived potential competition” and “actual potential competition.”

Read more in The Threshold: Newsletter of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, Volume XVI, Number 2, Spring 2016.

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