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ABA White Collar Crime Committee, "U.S. Antitrust Law and Global Enforcement"

Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP 70 W. Madison Chicago, IL

May 21, 2008

The White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section will present a timely discussion of the global enforcement of criminal antitrust law and the practical implications for business in the United States.

The enforcement of criminal antitrust law continues to be a major focus of the U.S. Department of Justice. There have been dramatic increases in criminal fines and jail terms in the past few years. Numerous countries cooperate with the U.S. to investigate possible cartel activity, and prosecutions have been pursued by several of these countries. Monetary penalties imposed by the European Union also have increased dramatically. Inevitably, civil class actions suits are filed in the U.S. when there is even a hint of a government investigation, and these suits will become more common in Canada and Europe.

In this program, a senior representative of the Antitrust Division will describe the enforcement program of the United States, including the increasing cooperation of countries around the world and the expanding reach of U.S. jurisdiction. Experienced and highly regarded defense lawyers will discuss criminal defense strategies and considerations focusing on the crucial early stages of an investigation, and the response to the follow on civil litigation. Corporate counsel with substantial knowledge and experience in government antitrust enforcement will describe effective programs to avoid international antitrust problems and the in-house perspective on the response to an investigation.

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