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AOL attorney's antitrust role questioned

An attorney who represents AOL Time Warner helped the government draft a policy on how to divide antitrust enforcement responsibilities, according to a published report. Joe Sims, a partner at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C., helped the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission come up with an agreement on how they would divide antitrust reviews, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Sims represented America Online during the FTC's review of its merger with Time Warner, the paper said. A letter signed by Sims and three other lawyers argued that reviews of cable acquisitions and mergers be handled by the antitrust division, which is now headed by former Jones Day Reavis & Pogue partner Charles James, according to the paper.

An attorney who represents AOL Time Warner helped the government draft a policy on how to divide antitrust enforcement responsibilities, according to a published report.

Joe Sims, a partner at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C., helped the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission come up with an agreement on how they would divide antitrust reviews, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Sims represented America Online during the FTC's review of its merger with Time Warner, the paper said. A letter signed by Sims and three other lawyers argued that reviews of cable acquisitions and mergers be handled by the antitrust division, which is now headed by former Jones Day Reavis & Pogue partner Charles James, according to the paper.