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DOJ Might Back Off A Cartel If Foreign Watchdogs Handle It

Law360, Washington (April 13, 2018, 4:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice would consider using its prosecutorial discretion to decide against prosecuting companies for participating in cartels if the watchdog concluded that a foreign jurisdiction’s penalties addressed the problem under certain conditions, a high-level criminal antitrust official said Friday.

The DOJ has already been involved in one auto parts price-fixing case in which Canada’s antitrust authority opted not to prosecute Nishikwa Rubber Co. Ltd., which made parts in the U.S. that were assembled into cars north of the border and eventually sold in...
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