2009 Criminal Antitrust Fines Already At $745M

Law360, New York (April 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Less than halfway through fiscal 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has already obtained $745 million in fines for anti-competitive behavior, more than almost any full-year tally in its history.

According to figures released by the DOJ, the division obtained $700 million in fines in 2008, the second-highest total in history. However, in the first four months of fiscal 2009, which began in October, the fine total reached $745 million.

That figure is current as of March 13, so it does not include $214...
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