Whistleblowers May Spur More Gov't Contract Antitrust Cases

Law360 (December 12, 2018, 2:55 PM EST) -- Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division secured the largest settlement ever recovered under Section 4A of the Clayton Act, which provides the government with the right to bring claims for damages that it incurs as a result of anti-competitive conduct.[1] On top of $82 million in criminal penalties, three South Korea-based companies agreed to pay $154 million to the United States for civil antitrust and False Claims Act violations stemming from their decade-long conspiracy to rig bids for contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply certain of its branches with fuel.[2]

This resolution is particularly noteworthy...

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