How ACPERA Has Affected Criminal Cartel Enforcement

Law360, New York (August 11, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT) -- Seven years after the law was enacted, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has released its report to Congress on the effects of the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act (ACPERA)[1] on criminal cartel enforcement. The report reveals previously undisclosed U.S. Department of Justice statistics on the number, type and role of leniency applications in criminal cartel cases, opening a previously shuttered window on this growing area of antitrust enforcement.

However, the report’s results on ACPERA’s success are mixed. While the DOJ is unsurprisingly pleased with...
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