Decline In DOJ Antitrust Division Fines Is Likely Temporary

Law360, New York (April 7, 2017, 3:50 PM EDT) -- Criminal antitrust enforcement may appear to have dropped off in fiscal year 2016, if fines assessed on companies and executives are any measure. However, a deeper look into the numbers and caseloads at the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division provides a more accurate picture. In fact, the stage could be set for total fines to again surpass $1 billion in FY2017.

Background

In the United States, criminal enforcement of antitrust laws and the prosecution of their violation, typically involving price-fixing and bid-rigging, are primarily the responsibility of the Antitrust Division — specifically its criminal offices and sections.

The last fiscal...

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