On November 19, 2008, Assistant Attorney General Thomas, Barnett of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division resigned.
Under Mr. Barnett, the Antitrust Division acquired $1.8 billion in criminal fines against 50 corporations and 91 individuals. The Division was also responsible for 34 cases in which it filed to either block a transaction due to anticompetitive effects or to require divestitures to remedy anticompetitive practices.
The Senate confirmed Mr. Barnett as Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division on Feb. 10, 2006. He became acting Assistant Attorney General on June 25, 2005, and previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General since April 18, 2004.