High Oil And Gas Prices Heighten Risks

Law360, New York (May 25, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT) -- President Obama recently directed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate possible gasoline price-gouging and manipulation of oil futures markets. The probe was ordered as retail gas prices reached a national average of nearly four dollars per gallon and crude futures held above 100 dollars per barrel.

In light of the growing attention, companies that participate in these markets should be prepared for increased government scrutiny of their business practices. What’s more, companies face a heightened risk of private lawsuits alleging antitrust violations, which frequently follow...
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