National Leniency Programs Create Headaches

Law360, New York (October 24, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As the European Union continues to tinker with its leniency program in cartel cases, lawyers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the difficulty of managing the patchwork of similar programs across member states.

Last month, the European Commission vowed to revamp its leniency program—a system that lets cartel participants off the hook for ratting out co-conspirators—in an effort to encourage corporate participation and to streamline national programs.

Pioneered by U.S. antitrust authorities, leniency programs have proven remarkably effective in smoking out cartels, and have been widely adopted...
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