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Cartel Suits Filed Against Capacitor Manufacturers after Reports of Cooperation with Authorities

A pair of putative class actions has been filed in the past two weeks charging Panasonic, Samsung, and other electronics manufacturers with forming a cartel to boost prices in the sagging market for certain electronics...more

Updated Oral Statement Guidance for Leniency Applicants

On 8 October 2013, the European Commission (Commission) issued updated guidance for companies that make oral statements when cooperating with the Commission in a cartel investigation....more

Canadian Competition Bureau Updates its Immunity and Leniency Program FAQs

On September 25, 2013, the Canadian Competition Bureau released updated FAQs for its Immunity and Leniency Programs. These two programs, which offer whistleblowers immunity from prosecution and lenient treatment on...more

Changes to Bureau Enforcement Policies Signal New Aggressive Stance

Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) today announced substantial revisions to their immunity and leniency policies’ FAQs. While the fundamental features of the programs do not change, new elements have been added signalling...more

Criminal Antitrust Enforcement: The Success Of The Leniency Program

With all the attention paid to anti-corruption enforcement and compliance, it always amazes me how successful the Department of Justice criminal antitrust enforcement program has been and will continue to be. Starting in the...more

China’s Renewed Focus on Anti-Corruption Efforts Highlighted by a New Interpretation on Criminal Offense of Paying Bribes

In the three months since the Communist Party of China (the “CPC”) convened its 18th National Congress in November 2012, the CPC’s new leaders, including newly appointed CPC General Secretary and China’s incoming president Xi...more

European Competition Network Revises the Model Leniency Programme

The network of European antitrust regulators, the European Competition Network, has revised its model leniency programme for cartels. Major changes include a broader scope for summary applications when applying for leniency...more

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