Overview In a victory for the U.S. government, the Ninth Circuit last Thursday affirmed criminal price-fixing convictions of AU Optronics, Inc. (“AUO”), a Taiwanese-based company, and two of its senior executives arising from alleged price-fixing of LCD panels. The decision, and underlying reasoning, marks another step in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s pursuit of international cartels and its aggressive approach with regard to conduct and products that fall within its jurisdiction. It also shows the increasing willingness of U.S. courts to provide a forum for criminal and civil antitrust claims—cases in which foreign companies, primarily Asian-based companies, are frequently targets and defendants. A. The LCD Investigation and the AUO Trial The Ninth Circuit’s opinion
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