Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Sunday, February 13, 2011

US Cartel Policy Too Lax

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

As I argue in a forthocming article in the Antitrust Law Journal (not yet up on SSRN but I'll let you know once it is), the anti-cartel system needs a bit of help to effectively deter cartel acticity.  Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in the Northern District of Iowa just released a massive sentencing opinion in which he justifies a large upward variance from the antitrust guidelines by arguing, in part, that antitrust penalties are far too lenient when compared to fraud.

DOJ Press release

Bennett Opinion

The transcript for the May 26 status conference, it is a riot

HTs (Brendan Durey and Dale Collins)

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