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Risky IT Programs - The Use of Algorithms and Risk of Collusion under Antitrust Laws

by DLA Piper on

On 14 June 2017, the OECD published a Note from the EU on Algorithms and Collusion (DAF/COMP/(2017)12 - here) (the EU Note). An updated background note on Algorithms and Collusion was published by the OECD Secretariat on 9...more

Cartel Enforcement Global Review - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper is proud to present the 2017 global review of cartel enforcement, which provides insights into trends that have emerged around the world in recent years, using our global network of competition and antitrust lawyers...more

DOJ’s Antitrust Fashion Show - Awaiting a price-fixing investigation in the U.S. modeling industry?

As the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Italy’s Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and France’s Autorité de la Concurrence are wrapping up their prosecutions of Europe’s top modeling...more

Parallel Universes: Antitrust Leniency and the FCPA Pilot Program

by Michael Volkov on

The world of science fiction can be exhilarating. If you ever read The Foundation Trilogy or Martian Chronicles, you know what I mean. The concept of parallel universes has always been an intriguing idea where believers can...more

EU Antitrust Continuity Potentially Threatened by Brexit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Our second antitrust outlook-focused post reflects on how we expect 2017 to continue to shape up as a year in which competition policy and enforcement will face increased uncertainty and complexity, specifically with respect...more

FTC/DOJ Release Proposed Update to International Enforcement Guidelines: 14 Important Questions

by Dechert LLP on

The two federal antitrust agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued a proposed update to the Agencies’ 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for...more

The European Commission Fines Truck Manufacturers a Record €2.93 billion for Cartel Conduct

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 19 July 2016, the European Commission (Commission) imposed fines totaling €2,926,499,000 on four truck producers (39824 – Trucks). The fine is the highest ever imposed on members of a cartel by the EU competition...more

June 2016: Antitrust Litigation Update

DOJ Antitrust Division Annual Update. On April 8, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice issued its 2016 Spring Update. The update highlights recent developments and trends in the Division’s...more

General Court of the EU Dismisses Trioplast Application Seeking Reimbursement of Interest Paid for Being Late in Paying Cartel...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With a judgment handed down on 12 May 2016 (Case T-669/14, Trioplast Industrier AB v. European Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) dismissed an action brought by Trioplast Industrier AB (Trioplast...more

Competition & Regulation Update - What to Do if the ACCC Come Knocking: Practical Tips for Responding to Section 155(1)(A) and (B)...

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has broad powers to investigate suspected breaches of the competition and consumer provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA), including the use of coercive...more

DOJ Cartel Fines Total for Fiscal Year 2015

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division imposed* a record USD2.853bn in criminal antitrust fines in fiscal year 2015, which concluded last week. The total in antitrust fines imposed in FY2015 (October...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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 Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

by Michael Volkov on

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

The True Impact of DOJ’s Individual Prosecution Memo

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department can surprise you – the release of the Yates Memo, as it is commonly referred to since it takes on the name of the Deputy Attorney General (e.g. McNulty Memo), is another strange example of DOJ...more

Enforcement Provides Important Update for Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For the last several years, the global auto industry has been rocked by unprecedented investigations and prosecution. Numerous international cartels, involving scores of companies and individuals, have engaged in...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

Antitrust Enforcers Discuss Recent Highlights, Ongoing Cases, Enforcement Priorities and General Trends at the 2015 ABA Section of...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting concluded earlier this month with the traditional “Enforcers’ Roundtable,” an interview with leading competition authorities about recent highlights,...more

Competition and Regulation Update: Health Sector Under ACCC Spotlight In 2015

by DLA Piper on

ACCC ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its enforcement priorities for 2015, with the Chairman of the ACCC giving a speech on the topic last week. Each year,...more

"Germany: High-Profile Enforcement Actions and Increased Cartel Prosecution Dominate Enforcement Landscape"

Several high-profile corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions in Germany have led to the scrutiny of directors and officers for failure of controls and supervision. Several recent notable German enforcement actions...more

"Insights Conversations: Cartels"

With improved coordination among agencies and across borders and the threat of dual criminal and civil enforcement, companies facing cartel investigations must navigate an increasingly complex environment. Skadden partners...more

International Cartel Sales to Global Supply Chains Raise U.S. Antitrust Issues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a widely awaited opinion, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has issued an opinion which affects the scope of government enforcement actions and which purchasers may pursue private civil treble damage...more

China and Antitrust Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

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

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

by Blank Rome LLP on

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

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

ACCC Takes Enforcement Action Against Manufacturers of Car Parts for Alleged Cartel Conduct

by K&L Gates LLP on

The latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cartel enforcement action involves the institution of civil proceedings in the Federal Court in Adelaide against Japanese company Yazaki Corporation (Yazaki) as...more

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