Today, Keep Your Promises DuPont announced that it has retained Donald Baker of Baker & Miller PLLC to help devise an antitrust challenge to the proposed merger of DuPont and Dow Chemical. This effort is designed to encourage antitrust enforcement from the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (depending on which one exercises jurisdiction), the European Commission, and other agencies.

Donald I. Baker is a co-founding member of Baker & Miller, the former head of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and professor of law at Cornell and George Washington Universities with over 50 years of antitrust experience.

“The Dow-DuPont merger is ill-conceived and will result in a dramatic reduction in industry research capability. It should be a source of major concern to antitrust enforcers in the U.S., Europe, and China,” stated attorney Donald Baker. “I believe that we can present a compelling case of why this transaction should be blocked.”

The campaign’s efforts to oppose the merger should garner support from a variety of groups, including farmers, chemical users, environmental organizations, and organized labor. In addition, we expect support from local communities and other organizations concerned with DuPont’s environmental abuses including C-8 contamination.

“The proposed merger poses a serious threat to the victims of DuPont’s C-8 contamination as well as its other legacy environmental issues, and we are honored to bring on Don Baker, an experienced attorney with years of success working on antitrust issues, to oppose it,” stated Keep Your Promises advisor Harold Bock. “DuPont and Dow’s proposal has the potential to centralize power, hurt workers and exacerbate economic inequality, and obscure liability for thousands of toxic waste sites, and we feel we must take energetic steps to ensure that this disastrous merger is blocked before it is too late.”