The US Congress passes the criminal antitrust anti-retaliation act aiming to protect whistleblowers

The US Congress passed S.2258, the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019, on December 8 and presented the bill to the president on December 11 – almost a year-and-a-half after Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the bill in the Senate. The bill follows recommendations from a 2011 GAO report and its passage follows a significant antitrust matter involving two Korean oil/petroleum companies. The origin of that matter was an investigation initiated by a whistleblower. The bill amends the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 by adding Section 216, “Anti-Retaliation Protection for Whistleblowers.” These whistleblower protections are modeled after the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21), which is one of 23

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Ariel E. Braunstein, Lewis M. Csedrik, J. Clayton Everett, Jr., Tracey F. Milich, The US Congress passes the criminal antitrust anti-retaliation act aiming to protect whistleblowers, 8 December 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 98416

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