The US DOJ issues new guidance on its antitrust criminal leniency program

On November 19, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (« DOJ ») issued new guidance on its leniency program, under which cartel participants that cooperate with the government may avoid prosecution. This detailed guidance, « Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Antitrust Division's Leniency Program » (FAQ), was accompanied by revised model leniency letters, the templates for the binding agreements between the DOJ and cooperating parties. The DOJ's updated policy statements should be of interest to all who follow the DOJ's criminal cartel enforcement efforts. Under the DOJ's leniency program, corporations and individuals can avoid criminal prosecution, fines, and prison by being first to confess participation in a criminal antitrust conspiracy, fully cooperating

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  • Jones Day (Washington DC)
  • Jones Day (Washington DC)

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Ryan C. Thomas, John M. Majoras, The US DOJ issues new guidance on its antitrust criminal leniency program, 19 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2008, Art. N° 33808

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