ABA Could Face Civil Contempt Over Accreditations

Law360, New York (June 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to hold the American Bar Association in civil contempt for allegedly violating provisions of a 1996 antitrust consent decree over its involvement in law school accreditation.

The DOJ filed a petition on Friday, asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to punish the ABA for purportedly failing to comply with the decade-old agreement.

"The Antitrust Division takes compliance with court decrees very seriously," said Thomas O. Barnett, the assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ's...
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