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Antitrust Division’s Stepped-up Level of Enforcement Is Expected To Continue Into 2015

“Enhanced enforcement is going to continue throughout this administration, and there are several factors that play into that,” said Latham & Watkins partner Lawrence Buterman. “The DOJ’s Antitrust Division has been quite...more

Former Toyoda Gosei Executive Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing, Bid-Rigging

On January 6, 2015, Makoto Horie of Toyoda Gosei North America pled guilty to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for conspiring to fix the prices of automotive hoses sold to U.S. companies. Mr. Horie was sales...more

The Power of the Press Release II: A Suggestion For Heightened Scrutiny of Governmental Prosecutorial Pre-trial Public...

In Russell G. Ryan’s recent thoughtful article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Get the SEC Out Of The PR Business,” he raised several issues that resonate well beyond the practices of the SEC and into the world of...more

Global Cartel Enforcement - 2014 Year In Review

To name only a few, the U.S. faced challenges over the extent of its jurisdictional reach; China was criticised for questionable investigative practices and allegedly protectionist use of its antitrust powers; and Japan faced...more

Four Takeaways from the Ongoing Air Cargo Price-Fixing Litigation

Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd last week agreed to pay $36.55 million to settle claims that it conspired with other airlines to fix rates for air cargo services in the early 2000s. Two dozen airlines have settled in the...more

Significant Number of Dawn Raids Shows Increased Antitrust and Criminal Law Enforcement in Italian Pharmaceutical Sector

On 27 November, the Italian Competition Authority dawn raided a major South African company for alleged excessive pricing of its oncology products in Italy. According to a complaint by one of the most active consumer...more

Criminal Global Cartel Focus on Generic Pharmaceuticals

The Antitrust Division is nearing the end of its largest, record-setting criminal cartel investigation – global auto parts suppliers. It has been a sprawling investigation that has leaped from product-to-product in the auto...more

Clear Expectations: DOJ Outlines Tenets of an Effective Antitrust Compliance Program

There has never been a greater emphasis on policing anticompetitive behavior worldwide. Dozens of countries have instituted effective and aggressive cartel enforcement programs following a trend of increased global...more

Cartel Prosecutions – The Next Wave and the New Message from the U.S. Antitrust Division

It is widely rumored that the U.S. Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“Antitrust Division”) is already working toward its next wave of international cartel investigations. The blockbuster auto parts...more

Public Outcry Over Generic Price Hikes Spurs Criminal Investigations

Drug manufacturers Impax Laboratories and Lannett Company have come under public scrutiny and, more recently, criminal investigation for their recent generic drug price increases. The companies disclosed in recent SEC filings...more

DOJ Penalty Warns: Do Not Jump the Gun

The Department of Justice’s recent $4.95 million settlement of claims of illegal premerger coordination – also known as "gun jumping" – between two particleboard manufacturers reminds parties to exercise care over pre-closing...more

DOJ Investigation into Generic Pharmaceutical Pricing Signals Potential Criminal Exposure

The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) recently served two U.S.-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturers with criminal grand jury subpoenas. It is reported that the subpoenas request all...more

DOJ Warning About Corporate Compliance Programs, Probation, and External Compliance Monitors

The U.S. Department of Justice, as part of a new policy focus, expects companies to establish compliance programs or risk probation and external corporate monitors in antitrust matters. Recently, the U.S. Department of...more

Civil Antitrust Attorneys Receive Wire-Tap Evidence

The Canada Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that civil antitrust plaintiffs may receive wire-tap evidence obtained in the criminal investigation into an alleged price-fixing scheme by several large gas companies. During...more

Japanese Shipping Company Rolls Over, Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

On September 26, 2014 Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, bid rigging and allocating customers for international ocean shipping services for “roll-on,...more

Could Amazon Possibly Be a Monopolist? (Updated) (Again)

Franklin Foer, at the New Republic, argues that the answer is yes. The alleged “crime”: predatory pricing — if not express, than at least in spirit....more

Does a Compliance Program Matter to U.S. Antitrust Enforcers?

Two weeks ago Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division gave speeches in which they commented on the role of corporate compliance...more

Competition Commission of India Conducts First-Ever Raid

Earlier this week, India’s competition regulator-the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”)-raided two offices of JCB India Limited (“JCB”), a UK-based manufacturer of construction equipment. This raid marks the first time...more

Antitrust In Australia: Where Is It Heading?

The ACCC argues the current wording of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) (which regulates misuse of market power) does not sufficiently capture exclusionary anti-competitive conduct that can damage the...more

The Burden of Corporate Probation May Follow an Antitrust Conviction

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the “Division”) has announced a major policy shift. When a company has been convicted for a criminal antitrust offense, the Division may seek to impose the significant...more

DOJ Antitrust Enforcers Take to the Bully Pulpit on Prosecuting Antitrust Crimes and Antitrust Compliance Programs

In recent years, antitrust criminal enforcement efforts have increased around the world. These efforts focus mainly on cartels — which the Supreme Court calls “the supreme evil of antitrust” — that conspire to fix prices, rig...more

DOJ Makes Headway in Fight Against Financial Fraud

On August 18, 2014, following a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation and criminal indictment, Paul Robson became the second former Rabobank employee to plead guilty for his participation in a scheme to manipulate the...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News: Volume 3, Number 5

European Antitrust "Block Exemption" for Insurance Under Review: In the United States, the McCarran Ferguson Act (15 USC 1011-1015), enacted by Congress in 1945, provides the insurance industry with a limited exemption...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Comments Requested on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions, FTC Settles Section 5 Claim Against...

Sentencing Commission Requests and Receives Comments on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions - The U.S. Sentencing Commission is currently seeking public comments on sentencing for price fixing, bid rigging and market...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - August 2014

China’s MOFCOM Blocks ‘P3 Alliance’ Despite EU, U.S. Non-Opposition - On June 17, 2014, China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s competition regulator, prohibited the proposed “P3 Alliance” that would have combined the...more

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