It's a Deal: Justice says yes to LTV Steel

Justice says yes to LTV Steel

The proposed merger of LTV's Jones & Laughlin Steel subsidiary and Republic Steel was a relatively easy matter for the two companies to agree on six months ago, but in the past five weeks it has turned into a subject of sharp controversy within the Reagan Administration. J. Paul McGrath, the Assistant Attorney General for antitrust policy, first vetoed the agreement on the grounds that it violated Justice Department merger guidelines. Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige then wrote an article in the New York Times calling McGrath's decision...

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