As part of its charge to streamline merger reviews, the congressionally chartered panel examining ways to update antitrust laws is debating whether federal agencies should have reduced influence over deal approvals.

According to Dennis Carlton, the sole economist on the Antitrust Modernization Commission and now the new head of economic analysis at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, the AMC is inclined to include in its report that “there’s no need for duplicative antitrust review.”

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