7th Circ. Boosts DOJ's Leverage In Foreign Cartel Crackdowns

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit backed the U.S. Department of Justice's more expansive view of the foreign reach of federal antitrust laws Wednesday, giving the watchdog more leverage as it pursues its probes of international cartels, including its record-breaking auto parts investigation, attorneys say.

In an en banc ruling, the appeals court explicitly endorsed the regulator's take on a key section of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act dealing with how "direct" of an effect foreign activities that don't relate to U.S. imports have to have on domestic...
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