The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit takes broad view of the foreign trade antitrust improvements Act (Minn-Chem / Agrium)

Overview In a much-awaited decision, the Seventh Circuit has taken a broad view of the ability of U.S. courts to hear antitrust cases concerning alleged foreign cartel activity that plaintiffs contend has effects in the U.S. The Court’s ruling reviving a cartel case in the potash industry is likely to make it easier for future litigants to sue foreign defendants in U.S. courts for alleged cartel activity occurring overseas. The decision also can be expected to have implications on criminal cartel investigations launched by the Department of Justice. By expressly adopting the Department’s interpretation of what constitutes commerce having “direct” effects on the U.S., the decision will further bolster the Department’s cartel enforcement activities, which have focused increasingly in recent

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  • Paul Hastings (Washington)
  • Paul Hastings (Orange County)
  • Paul Hastings (Orange County)

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Jeremy Evans, Panteha Abdollahi, Ryan M. Fawaz, The US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit takes broad view of the foreign trade antitrust improvements Act (Minn-Chem / Agrium), 27 June 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Direct effect, Art. N° 74731

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