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What Does the Yates Memo Mean for Antitrust Cases?

Just over two months ago, the United States Department of Justice made waves when a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates (the “Yates Memo”) announced an increased focus on individual accountability to...more

The Crown Wraps Up Chocolate Case

Earlier today, the Crown stayed charges against Nestlé Canada Inc. and one of the company’s former executives, in the long-standing prosecution of Canadian chocolate manufacturers under section 45 of the Competition Act. This...more

How Does an Antitrust Compliance Program Meet DOJ Standards? For the First Time, the DOJ Explains

For the first time, the Department of Justice has described what makes a company-imposed antitrust compliance pro­gram effective enough to earn a recommended lowering of the antitrust fine under the Unit­ed States Sentencing...more

DOJ Files Lawsuit to Prevent United Airlines from Extracting a Higher Premium at Newark Airport

United Airlines has come under increased antitrust scrutiny during the latter half of 2015. As we previously reported the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is investigating an alleged passenger-capacity conspiracy between...more

FTC Joins With Federal, State and Local Authorities on Nationwide Debt Collection Enforcement Initiative

On November 4, 2015, a group of law enforcement authorities, led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission), announced Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal, state and local initiative aimed at...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts New Standard for Discovery of Grand Jury Evidence

In In re: Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation (ODD), the Ninth Circuit rejected the “effect test” in favor of a streamlined approach to evaluating civil discovery seeking grand jury evidence and allowed antitrust...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2015

On 14 September 2015, an individual (Nigel Snee) was sentenced by a UK court to six months of imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for committing the criminal “cartel offence”. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of...more

[Webinar] Ediscovery Considerations in Second Requests and Antitrust Litigation - Oct 7th, 1:00pm CST

Although the use of ediscovery technologies in civil litigation document review has been much discussed and debated, its use in merger investigation responses to the FTC or DOJ raises unique issues that are often less...more

Antitrust Matters - September 2015

Antitrust investigations are no longer limited to a nation’s borders, or even to a region. Enforcers are more and more sharing information and coordinating their investigative efforts as they strive to uniformly enforce the...more

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring...more

How Ethical Behaviors Can "All Go So Wrong."  [Video]

In the trailer of a full animated video to be released on September 14th, 2015, I introduce many of the front-line rationalizations, temptations and emotions which impacted my conduct and decisions on the front-lines of...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Expanding Whistleblower Protection - Recent Senate Bill Represents Big Changes"

A new bill unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in July that could make it significantly more difficult for general counsel when considering whether to self-report antitrust issues. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2015

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal? - In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged...more

[Event] Why Anti-Bribery Programs Fail and How Compliance Must Evolve - Sept. 17th, Boston, MA

In a “Catch Me If You Can” like panel, a former US and UN prosecutor and former FCPA violator/ turned cooperator discuss the realities of corporate anti-bribery compliance. It’s not often that compliance officers are...more

The DOJ’s Airline Investigation: A Primer

Last month, the Associated Press was the first to report that the DOJ is investigating whether American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines have engaged in collusion. Since that time, there has...more

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal?

In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged participation in an international cartel in the marine hose industry. (Press...more

An FCPA Journey to the Darkside & Steps to Protect Your Organization [Video]

The following is a video of my presentation at the MetricStream GRC Summit in Washington DC, on May 12th, 2015. Here I address my own perfect storm of rationalizing bribery and steps to protect your organization by a better...more

Motorola and the Extraterritorial Application of US Antitrust Laws to Foreign Component Price Fixing Cartels

Last month the Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal for two related antitrust cases involving an international price-fixing cartel. The cases come from different circuits, one was criminal and the other civil, but they...more

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Protect Antitrust Whistleblowers

On July 22, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that aims to protect whistleblowing employees who report antitrust violations from retaliation by their employers. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015...more

Senate Passes Another Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act July 2015

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed with unanimous consent the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 (“CAARA”) after minor tweaks to two definitions. CAARA provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who...more

Rejection of the Antitrust Division's Position on the Running of the Statute of Limitations until the Last Payment

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice claims the statute of limitations for a criminal antitrust violation does not begin to run until the last payment is collected by a conspirator on a sale that was the...more

From Behind the Bribe: The Sharp End of Compliance [Video]

In a short video, Richard Bistrong describes his journey through the dark side of international business, and how he rationalized bribery during his career as an International Sales VP. Richard also describes what it was...more

Antitrust Whistleblower Protection Bill Introduced In Senate (Again)

On June 17, 2015, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 (Act), a bill that proposes whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the...more

DOJ Seeks Civil Forfeiture of $34 Million in Bribe Payments Made to Chadian Diplomats by Griffiths Energy

On June 30, the DOJ filed a Complaint to forfeit shares of Griffiths Energy International, a Canadian energy company accused of bribing various Republic of Chad diplomats to receive oil development rights in Chad. The...more

DOJ Targets Payday Lender Using RICO

On June 22, 2015, the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania filed an information charging Adrian Rubin of Jenkintown, PA, with: (1) one count of conspiracy to violate RICO, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d); (2) one...more

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