Antitrust & Trade Regulation Update

    January 2009
    This update includes the following articles:

    UNITED STATES

    • Guilty Pleas in LCD Price-Fixing Conspiracies Yield Near Record Fine
    • ABA Antitrust Section Offers Recommendations to Incoming Obama Administration
    • DOJ Revises Amnesty Guidelines
    • InBev Required to Divest Labatt USA in Anheuser-Busch Acquisition
    • Investment Funds to Pay US$800,000 for HSR Act Violations

    EUROPEAN UNION

    • Record Fines Totaling Nearly €1.4 Billion Against Car Glass Cartel
    • The Commission Issues Guidance on Rescue Aid to Banks in Financial Distress
    • EC Fines Banana Importers €60.3 Million for Price-Fixing Cartel
    • More Dawn Raids in the Pharmaceutical Sector
    • Commission Seeks Comments in Review of R&D and Specialization BERs

    AROUND THE WORLD

    • GLOBAL – BHP Billiton Faults Economic Slowdown, Not Antitrust Hurdles for Merger Withdrawal
    • AUSTRALIA – Labor Party Pushes to Criminalize Cartels
    • CHILE – Three Major Pharmacy Chains Accused of Collusion
    • CHINA – First Publicly Known Complaint Filed Under China’s New Antitrust Law
    • JAPAN – The JFTC Files Criminal Charges Against Galvanized Steel Sheet Cartel
    • MEXICO – Federal Competition Commission Investigates Ground Freight Industry