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
The US Congress passes the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act aimed at protecting whistleblowers
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