Criminal Competition Law Developments in 2011


The enforcement of sanctions against antitrust cartels remained at the forefront of both Canada’s Competition Bureau and global antitrust regulators in 2011. While there continue to be only a small number of multinational coordinated investigations, regulators continued their enforcement efforts in domestic price fixing and bid-rigging cases with a pattern of escalating fines and, in the U.S., increased terms of imprisonment for individuals.

In our second annual report on Canadian and International criminal antitrust developments, we bring together the major developments in this important enforcement area and examine trends in enforcement activity. We commence with an examination of the Canadian scene.

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