Fight Over Florida West Plea Deal Highlights Inflexible DOJ

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT) -- A federal judge agreed Friday to let Florida West International Airways Inc. plead no contest to price-fixing charges, criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice's "rote opposition" to the rare plea in a decision that experts say illustrates a need for the agency to be more flexible in criminal cases.

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. ruled that the unusual circumstances of the case — in which the court already has ruled that the company's top commercial officer Rodrigo Hidalgo was secretly employed by a rival...
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