Japanese Companies Refuse To Pay Bid-Rigging Fines

Law360, New York (October 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Four Japanese companies accused of bid-rigging have refused to pay the penalties levied against them, arguing that they did not engage in illegal activity.

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. and Sanoyas Hishino Meisho Corp. were fined a total of ¥330 million by four entities created by the break-up of the Japan Highway Public Corp.

The entities—East Nippon, Central Nippon and West Nippon expressway companies, together with the Japan Expressway Holding and Debt Repayment Agency—alleged that the companies, along...
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