The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2014

US: Anti-Cartel Enforcement

2012 was a record-breaking year for anti-cartel enforcement in the United States. Aggressive prosecution of global cartels by the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division netted the largest single antitrust fine ever levied, the highest ever annual total for antitrust fines, and the longest US sentences ever imposed against foreign nationals. The Antitrust Division also continued its successful courtroom track record, chalking up convictions in several jury trials. As in past years, the Division worked in close cooperation with other international and domestic enforcers to investigate and prosecute cartel activity around the world, including through the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

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