The US DoJ Antitrust Division announces that three South Korean companies in the market of oil refiners and logistics companies agreed to plead guilty and to enter into civil settlements for bid rigging (SK Energy / GS Caltex / Hanjin Transportation)

DOD Bid Rigging Whistleblower and Related Antitrust Division Criminal Cases* Last week the Antitrust Division announced that three South Korean companies had agreed to plead guilty and to enter into civil settlements for rigging bids on United States Department of Defense Fuel Supply Contracts (here). The case was covered in a recent speech by Makan Delrahim (here). The investigation was started by a whistleblower False Claims Act case and the whistleblower is in line to collect a significant award. Two things at least two things to note about this outstanding result: 1) Yes, the federal governed can bring charges for violations overseas when US tax dollars are involved; and 2) the case was brought as a result of a whistleblower filing a false claims action on behalf of the United

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Robert E. Connolly, The US DoJ Antitrust Division announces that three South Korean companies in the market of oil refiners and logistics companies agreed to plead guilty and to enter into civil settlements for bid rigging (SK Energy / GS Caltex / Hanjin Transportation), 14 November 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2018, Art. N° 88962

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