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The Peril in Joint Bidding for Properties

Wondering what was behind the Department of Justice indictment of the late Aubrey McClendon? The charge was conspiring to rig bids for oil and gas properties in Oklahoma. Read the McClendon indictment and engage in the parlor...more

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

Dutch Competition Authority Fines Cold-Storage Companies for Exchange of Information in the Context of Merger Talks

On 23 March 2016, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announced that it had fined four cold-storage firms for having put in place anticompetitive arrangements while in extended merger talks with one...more

Competition law and joint bidding: dos and don'ts for the construction industry

It is not unusual for construction firms and other companies to form a consortium bid (or joint bid) for a building or infrastructure project. Whilst competition law clearly prohibits collusion involving price fixing, market...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.3.16

The past 2 days saw an incredible and tragic turn of events for former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, part owner of the OK Thunder and a winery in Bordeaux and “face of the nation’s natural gas boom,” who on Tuesday...more

February Antitrust Bulletin

“Comprehensive and Innovative” Antitrust Compliance Policy Results in Reduced Fine - On November 2, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio entered judgment against Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd....more

Global Cartel Enforcement 2015 Year in Review

Developing trends: Auto parts and financial services penalties dominated global enforcement fine totals in 2015. And while financial services will remain a focus for enforcers in 2016, several new antitrust...more

DOJ Nabs Two More in Real Estate Bid Rigging Conspiracy

Two real estate investors pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia. The guilty pleas, entered on Monday, January 4, are the 11th...more

What to Expect in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division: Critical Legal Advice to Japanese Companies and...

With over 50 Japanese executives charged and more than 30 Japanese companies having faced criminal charges and having paid some $4 billion in fines since 2010, you would expect that all Japanese companies and their executives...more

What You Need to Know About Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 2) - The First Conduct Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition...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

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

School Bus Company Owners Indicted for Bid-Rigging and Fraud in Puerto Rico

On May 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico indicted five individuals for bid rigging and fraud conspiracies in connection with an auction for public school bus transportation contracts. The auction was...more

DOJ Criminal Cartel Enforcement: Six-Month Summary, Part II

This is the second installment in our coverage of the DOJ’s recent criminal cartel enforcement actions. Over the last six months, more than fifty individuals have pleaded guilty as a result of the DOJ’s antitrust...more

Shipping Executive Acquitted of Antitrust Charge

On May 8, 2015, a jury in Puerto Rico acquitted Thomas Farmer (Farmer), the former vice president of price and yield management for Crowley Liner Services, Inc., of conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition in...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission recently filed an amicus brief defending its Dodd-Frank whistleblower rules. Those rules specify that the anti-retaliation provisions of those amendments to the Exchange Act protect those who chose not to...more

DOJ Criminal Cartel Enforcement: Six-Month Summary

This is the first in what we expect to be a series of updates on DOJ criminal actions in the cartel area. Here, we look at highlights over the last six months in the DOJ’s investigations of the auto parts industry, LIBOR, and...more

Antitrust Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss in the New Jersey Tax Lien Bid-Rigging Class Action

The plaintiffs’ antitrust claims in the New Jersey municipal tax lien auction bid-rigging class action may proceed, the federal judge presiding over the litigation has ruled. New Jersey municipalities hold public...more

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Practices

Compliance Week published its 2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, a survey of over 180 executives involved in ethics and FCPA compliance and internal audit. The Survey focused on risk, dealing with third...more

White Collar Watch - January 2014

In This Issue: - SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report shows best practices make for an effective compliance and ethics program - In unprecedented move, government seeks to extend the responsible...more

India’s Competition Act takes shape with enforcement actions and appeals: key cases, key points for international companies

Competition law in India has begun to take shape as major enforcement actions involving a host of industries have worked their way from initial complaint to a finding of an infringement and appeal to the Supreme Court of...more

Auction Rigger Enters Guilty Plea

A thirty-seventh individual pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California. The guilty plea, entered on Monday, November 4,...more

Criminal Agreements In Antitrust Prosecutions: Through A Looking Glass

From a criminal defendant’s perspective, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes an apt point of reference in assessing the law of conspiracy in criminal antitrust cases....more

Fourth Circuit Oral Argument Considers Questions Concerning Constitutionally Problematic FCA Fines

The Fourth Circuit recently heard oral argument in United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin World Wide Moving (12-1369). During oral argument, the panel explored, among other issues, how to calculate fines under the FCA when...more

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