DOJ Hits Record $1.1B Criminal Antitrust Fines In 2012

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 6:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $1.1 billion in criminal antitrust fines during the 2012 fiscal year, nearly doubling the previous year's total largely because of the watchdog's $500 million price-fixing penalty against AU Optronics Corp.

The Antitrust Division also recorded a significant jump in the total prison days with little increase in the average sentence length for individual defendants, according to numbers released by the DOJ and figures provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP's Jeremy Frey.

"More prison days being sentenced in fewer cases...
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