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Bob Connolly   bob@reconnollylaw.com [I am aware that I post often about the desirability of criminal antitrust whistleblower incentives. The blog post below relates to an article I had published recently in Law 360.  Not everyone subscribes to Law 360, which I recommend, so I have excerpted a small portion in this blog post.] There are a number of reasons to expect  increased criminal antitrust enforcement in the new administration.  One reason may be the…
Bob Connolly   bob@reconnollylaw.com    LinkedIn The ABA Antitrust Law Spring meeting will, unfortunately, be virtual again this year.  This is disappointing to me as I have gone every year for, well, a very long time. I enjoy seeing old friends, making new ones, and getting away for a few days to DC. But as I was looking through the meeting program, a silver lining jumped out to me–especially for students.  Because the meeting…
By Robert Connolly   bob@reconnollylaw.com  LinkedIn These are exciting times for someone (me) obsessed with the idea that there should be financial rewards available for individuals who blow the whistle on antitrust crimes.  Yesterday I submitted an article to a publication that will appear in the next day or two entitled, “When Fishing for Antitrust Cooperation, It’s Good to Have Bait.”  Today there are reports of new proposed legislation to be introduced by Senator…
Robert E. Connolly   bob@reconnollylaw.com  LinkedIn              On Dec. 23, 2020, the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act (the “Act”), finally became law.  The legislation had passed in the Senate several times previously but until this last  Congress, had never been brought up for a vote in the House.  Congratulations to Senators Grassley and Leahy for their persistent advocacy for this legislation. The Act prohibits employers from retaliating against certain individuals who report criminal antitrust violations. …
Makan Delrahim, USDOJ Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, tendered his resignation effective January 19, 2021.  Mr. Delrahim has led Antitrust Division for three and a half years. Most people who practice antitrust law are passionate about the field and grateful to work with other such dedicated professionals.  If you have a career in antitrust, chances are high that you agree with what the Supreme Court stated: The Sherman Act was designed to be…
Makan Delrahim, USDOJ Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, tendered his resignation effective January 19, 2021.  Mr. Delrahim has led Antitrust Division for three and a half years. Most people who practice antitrust law are passionate about the field and grateful to work with other such dedicated professionals.  If you have a career in antitrust, chances are high that you agree with what the Supreme Court stated: The Sherman Act was designed to be…
On January 5, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a criminal violation of the Sherman Act based on an agreement not to poach each other’s employees.  US. v. Surgical Care Affiliates LLC and SCAI Holdings, LLC, Case 3:21-cr-00011-L, filed January 5, 2021 (N.D. Texas)(SCAI Holdings is the successor corporation to Surgical Care Affiliates). This is the Antitrust Division’s first criminal case targeting employee no-poach agreements between competitors.  According to the DOJ Press
As far as  criminal price fixing cases brought by the Antitrust Division, the indictment in US. v.. Neeraj Jindal, Case 4:20-cr-00358 (E.D. Texas, filed 12/9/20)(press release and indictment link here) would seem remarkable only in how insignificant the alleged conspiracy time period and volume of commerce are.  Jindal was the owner of  a therapist staffing company in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.  He is charged with conspiring  “from in  or around March 2017…
Congratulations to Senator Chuck Grassley and Patrick Leahy for the passage in the House of Representatives of their bipartisan legislation that has already passed the Senate that aims to protect whistleblowers who come forward with information on criminal antitrust violations.  In a December 8, 2020 Press Release  Senator Grassley said, “The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act encourages and shields from reprisal private sector employees to shine a light on activities that violate our antitrust laws. This…
            Below is information about the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the California Lawyers’ Association’s 30th Annual Golden State Institute!  Everything has a silver lining the silver lining here is that due to the pandemic, this is a Zoom conference, available worldwide without the need to travel.  The program panels have interest and practical use for anyone/anywhere in the practice of competition law.  The program should have particular interest to students–on account of it is…