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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

Operation Fashion Police Fights Money Laundering in L.A.'s Fashion District

On September 10, approximately 1,000 federal agents raided Los Angeles' fashion district, seizing documents, electronic data and approximately $90 million in cash, with nine people arrested for alleged money laundering...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

EU Issues Cartel Damages Directive

The directive eases the way for the private enforcement of competition laws in Europe. On November 10, the European Council adopted a directive designed to make it easier for injured parties to pursue damages claims in...more

Motorola Oral Arguments Today – Will the Seventh Circuit Revise Its Interpretation of the FTAIA, and If so, How?

Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument from the parties and amicus curiae the United States concerning the reach of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (“FTAIA”), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, in Motorola...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

Developments in the Capacitor Cartel Litigation: Class Counsel Appointed and the Antitrust Division Intervenes

In July, we wrote about two putative class action lawsuits alleging that Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers had formed a cartel to boost prices of certain electronic capacitors. Since then, the cases have...more

China and Antitrust Enforcement

China’s entry into the anti-corruption enforcement arena has received lots of press attention. Just as significant as this development, China has added international cartel enforcement to its list of priorities....more

Private antitrust enforcement in Switzerland

There is a wide range of remedies under Swiss competition law for business litigants. Inventive remedies include compelled access to what American antitrust lawyers would call an “essential facility.” But recent proposed...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review - Chapter 2: EU Competition

While the European Commission’s highly visible antitrust and cartel investigations arguably dominated the headlines during the past 12 months, the EU’s merger control regime, even without a single prohibition decision, still...more

New EU Competition Commissioner’s Priorities For 2014-2019: Hearing Before The European Parliament

Margrethe Vestager, former Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, is designated to become the next EU Competition Commissioner in November 2014. The EU Competition Commissioner is a powerful figure in Europe, as witnessed by the...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order Focused on Money Laundering in L.A.’s Fashion District

In the latest development in a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) targeting alleged money laundering activities in Los Angeles’ garment trade, the Financial Crimes...more

Swiss Parliament Rejects Antitrust Reforms

The Swiss competition law is governed by the Federal Law of October 6, 1995, on Cartels and Other Restraints of Competition (the Cartel Act). The regulatory framework is accompanied by numerous federal ordinances and...more

The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements

The ruling caps fines on companies with historic cartel exposure that are acquired by large companies and increases predictability of future antitrust exposure stemming from pre-acquisition conduct. On 4 September...more

CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on...more

Antitrust Enforcement and Compliance Programs [Video]

The Department of Justice had a record year in criminal antitrust enforcement. Global enforcement and coordination continues to increase. As a result, global companies face significant antitrust risk from cartel...more

Criminal Antitrust Fines: Trends and Recent Developments

Over the past ten years, criminal antitrust fines have increased dramatically: they totaled only $107 million in fiscal year (“FY”) 2003, but increased to a high of $1.14 billion in FY-2012 and remained relatively steady at...more

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from anticompetitive practices. But, under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), American antitrust laws only reach foreign conduct in specific...more

Lack of Antitrust Standing Requires Dismissal of Complaint Against Alleged Chinese Magnesite Cartel

Last Thursday, Judge Kevin McNulty in the District of New Jersey issued a 69-page opinion explaining his sua sponte dismissal of the putative class action complaint in Animal Science Products, Inc. v. China Minmetals Corp.,...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...more

2014 Cartel Penalties On Pace to Set Record

Global antitrust regulators are on pace to levy record-breaking cartel penalties in 2014. If global regulators keep pace, cartel penalties will surpass 2013’s record total. Through June, U.S. antitrust regulators issued...more

Auto Parts Investigations Require Effective Antitrust Compliance Programs to Limit the On-going Risk

Steady as clockwork, auto parts investigations around the globe are continuing. These investigations have exposed wide-ranging price fixing conspiracies. Prosecutors rely on well-organized global enforcement cooperation,...more

Global antitrust enforcement - 2014 mid-year report

Antitrust authorities on the offensive – the insatiable appetite of mature regimes for ever-increasing fines continues unabated, with the U.S., EU, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Australia on pace to surpass their 2013...more

Spotlight on Antitrust: Asia Edition

In this issue: - The U.S. DOJ Secures Two Extraditions of Foreign Nationals on Antitrust Charges: Who Is Next? - U.S. Circuit Courts Limit Reach of Sherman Act Against Asian Cartel - Mark Rosman, Partner...more

EU’s Top Court Rules Cartel Victims Can Claim Damages From Cartelists Despite No Contractual Link

In a landmark ruling, the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Kone and Others C-557/12 of 5 June 2014, has held that, where a cartel causes competing companies to increase their prices, the members of the...more

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