Brazil Watchdog Flexes Cartel Muscle With Salt Raids

Law360, New York (September 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Brazil's antitrust watchdog said Tuesday that it had raided several salt producers over a suspected cartel, an announcement attorneys say is designed to show that the short-staffed regulator has not become too bogged down with the transition to the country's new competition law to take on new enforcement cases.

The Administrative Council for Economic Defense, or CADE, seized documents and electronic materials from nine salt producers and union headquarters in three cities in Brazil's Rio Grande do Norte state based on public statements the unions had...
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