Global Cartel Antitrust Legal Defense Services | McDermott

Cartel Defense


Global cartel investigations can be one of the most serious legal issues a company and executives can face. At best, they divert attention and resources away from a company’s core mission; at worst, they can stop a business in its tracks.

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  • A Japanese auto parts manufacturer in defense of investigations by the competition authorities in the EU, the United States, Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Canada with respect to alleged anti-competitive bidding activity in the sale and supply of motor vehicle components. This investigation presented various separate criminal law violations. McDermott’s team, composed of more than 15 lawyers in the EU and United States, worked very closely together to advise this Japanese client on the defense of its interests and executives in the various jurisdictions.
  • In re Chocolate Confectionary Litigation (M.D. Pa.). After a lengthy, seven-year legal battle, McDermott secured summary judgment of behalf of Mars, Incorporated, in class actions on behalf of direct and indirect purchasers of chocolate candy alleging that manufacturers conspired to fix the prices at which they sold chocolate candy in the United States.
  • Nutrite Corp. in United States v. Nutrite Corp., a case that arose out of a criminal grand jury investigation by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division of a conspiracy to fix the price of ammonium nitrate sold in the United States, in which the company entered into a plea agreement and paid a $1.5 million fine.

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