Critics Wary Of Study's Praise For Civil Antitrust Action

Law360, New York (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A study claiming to show private litigation deters anti-competitive behavior more convincingly than all the penalties and prison time imposed by the federal government has not swayed some advocates of class action reform.

Commissioned by the American Antitrust Institute and believed to be the first of its kind, the study shows the combined recovery won by plaintiffs in 40 of the largest recent successful private antitrust cases since 1990 was four times the total criminal fines dished out by the U.S. Department of Justice in that...
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