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Comment: FTC appeal of ALJ's dismissal of Illumina-Grail challenge exposes problems with dual-track US merger system

The Federal Trade Commission's appeal of an administrative law judge's dismissal of the agency's challenge to Illumina’s acquisition of Grail lays bare the issues of the dual antitrust system in the US.
FTC Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell, in a rare move, sided with the companies and found that

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Flavia Fortes

Global Head of Mergers

Flavia writes about merger control, antitrust enforcement and litigation in the U.S. and Brazil. Before joining MLex, Flavia worked as an Antitrust Consultant in the Federal Trade Commission's Office of International Affairs and as a Research Fellow for the American Antitrust Institute. She has written on the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law in technology-driven and innovative markets.

Serafina Smith


Serafina Smith covers mergers and acquisitions for MLex from New York. Before becoming a journalist, Serafina was a paralegal supporting the United States Department of Justice, where she worked on foreign bribery and money laundering cases. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Georgetown University.

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