The US DoJ reiterates its focus on prosecuting violations of antitrust laws in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the criminal prosecution that can be faced

The potential for government investigation increases during periods of rapid and extreme movement in price. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reiterated its focus on prosecuting violations of antitrust laws, especially in areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 9, 2020, the DOJ announced that individuals or companies engaging in price fixing, bid-rigging, customer or region allocation, or other antitrust violations could face criminal prosecution. Government scrutiny is likely to be even higher on companies that produce items for sale to federal, state or local governments, as the DOJ’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force acts as a dedicated watchdog over government contractors to prevent bid-rigging in government contracts.

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)

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Stephen Wu, Ashley M. Fischer, The US DoJ reiterates its focus on prosecuting violations of antitrust laws in areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the criminal prosecution that can be faced, 9 March 2020, e-Competitions March 2020, Art. N° 93759

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