Both anti-corruption law and competition law aim to create a level playing field and are complementary to each other in support of this aim. It's interesting, then, to see how society reacts so differently to breaches in these fields, even though both are indispensable in reaching social welfare.
Entries in antitrust (11)
I recently read a decision by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) dealing with a competition law case. In the Lloyds Pharmacy/Tomms case the OFT put into action its policy on giving companies credit for having compliance programs.
The DOJ said last week it collected $1.86 billion in criminal fines and penalties from antitrust prosecutions during the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2014.
Law-related employment for grads from American law schools isn't exactly robust. In 2013, the ABA Journal said, only 57 percent of the that year's JDs had full-time bar-passage-required jobs. At the same time, the world seems to have an insatiable appetite for compliance officers. That sounds like an opportunity.
In the FCPA area we all know how important it is to have effective compliance programs. The DOJ’s Criminal Division and the SEC have emphasized that these programs need to be diligent, and not mere formalities. Moreover, we know that programs count to the enforcers, so we have a reason to listen to them. The FCPA Guidance tells us this, and declinations such as Morgan Stanley demonstrate it.
An Italian citizen was extradited from Germany on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids, fixing prices, and allocating market share for marine hose sold in the United States and elsewhere, the DOJ said Friday.