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FCPA enforcement in the Trump administration [Video]

Alex Rene, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s anti-corruption and international risk practice, discusses likely FCPA enforcement activity under the Trump administration. Transcript: There’s been a lot of talk about the future of the...more

"DOJ Updates Leniency Program FAQs"

The Department of Justice (DOJ or Department) released updated guidance on the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program, on January 17, 2017. The Leniency Program allows corporations and individuals who self-report their cartel...more

Frequently Asked Questions About the Amnesty Program—Major Changes in the Antitrust Division’s January 2017 Update

In the past, the Antitrust Division has used its “Frequently Asked Questions” piece to announce significant changes in the Amnesty Program. In November 2008, for example, they made mandatory an explicit admission of criminal...more

Company Directors Beware – the CMA’s Disqualification Order

Today, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a 60-second summary for company directors to avoid disqualification for breaches of competition law. Please see the full text of the guidance here. This is part...more

HSR Act Violations Continue Trend of Heightened Enforcement, Increased Fines in 2016

The past year was a challenging one for investors purchasing voting securities in public corporations with respect to compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act....more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

Retailers Face False Advertising Cases on Discounts From Original Prices, Rewards Points

Retailers that advertise sale prices in comparison with regular prices in California should ensure that the products were actually offered for sale at those regular prices within the preceding three months, in order to avoid...more

DOJ and Stage AG Investigations Into Generic Pricing Lead to Suits Against Manufacturers and Employees

As we have previously reported, (click, here, here, here, and here to read more), generic drug manufacturers have recently come under intense scrutiny from state and federal regulators for their price hikes. Last week, the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

New Guidance for HR Professionals Regarding Wage-Fixing and No-Poaching Agreements Highlights New Focus on Criminal Prosecutions...

In October, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” and collectively the “Antitrust Agencies”) jointly issued new guidance for Human Resource professionals regarding...more

Six Tips to Help HR Professionals Avoid Criminal Antitrust Liability Under New DOJ/FTC Guidance

On October 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued antitrust guidance for human resources professionals. The agencies also released a list of high-level red flags for the...more

Four California Residents Jailed and to Pay $7 Million in Restitution for Debt Relief Scheme

On November 14, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that four California individual defendants were sentenced for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent debt relief...more

HR Professionals Beware: Antitrust Violations in the Employment Arena May Subject Employers and their HR Personnel to Criminal...

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the “Agencies”) recently announced a policy shift in their enforcement priorities related to agreements among...more

Employers Beware - DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance to HR Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) jointly issued “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals” (the “Guidance”) to educate...more

Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Raises Prospect of Criminal Prosecutions

The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 20, 2016 is not a change in law, but it is a fair warning to human resources...more

HR Personnel (and Employers) Beware: Antitrust Enforcers Warn of Criminal Liability For Compensation, No-Poaching Pacts

Human Resources (HR) personnel are now specifically under the scrutiny of the antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are typically known for enforcing antitrust laws...more

Criminal Charges for Executive Stemming from Discovery Responses in DOJ Civil Antitrust Litigation

On October 14, 2016, former vice president and director of information technology of Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), Ralph Groen, entered a guilty plea for concealing and attempting to destroy documents and giving false and...more

HR Professionals Take Note: DOJ and FTC Issue Guidance Regarding Antitrust Laws in the Employment Context

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 20, the DOJ and the FTC jointly issued their Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals, stating that DOJ intends to pursue employers criminally for alleged wage fixing and no-poaching agreements. ...more

Predictability for Antitrust Leniency Applicants: Supreme Court of Canada establishes high threshold for judicial intervention...

The Supreme Court of Canada released a decision today regarding judicial intervention with jointly recommended criminal sentences following a guilty plea. The SCC adopted a high threshold which will be welcome news to those...more

Department of Justice Obtains Guilty Plea for Obstruction in Merger Investigation

On October 14, the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced that Ralph Groen, a former information technology executive of the bus operator Coach USA Inc., had pleaded guilty to criminally obstructing justice...more

[Webinar] How to Navigate the Antitrust Cartel Labyrinth - October 27th, 12:00p.m. EDT

Antitrust class action price-fixing claims are among the most costly corporate litigation your company or client can face. In many cases, plaintiffs seek to plead and prove the alleged cartel through alleged indirect...more

Kristy Grant-Hart on “How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer." [Video]

In this fifteen minute interview, Kristy Grant-Hart (Managing Director, Spark Compliance Consulting) answers a number of questions pertaining to her recent book How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer. Kristy talks...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

How Can We Develop Anti-Bribery Ambassadors? [Video]

In this interview with Frank Brown, Value-Chain/Anti-Corruption Program Team Leader at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) we exchange perspectives on a number of issues, including: * How can we get...more

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