Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

FTC CHALLENGES PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF INEOS’S SODIUM SILICATE BUSINESSES BY CARLYLE PARTNERS

June 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm

On June 30, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), in a 4-0 vote, issued a complaint against the proposed acquisition of INEOS Group Limited (“INEOS”) by Carlyle Partners IV (“Carlyle”). INEOS is the third largest sodium silicate producer and seller in the highly concentrated Midwest region of the United States. […]

FORMER HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING HOME DEPOT IN VENDOR KICKBACK SCHEME AND TAX EVASION

June 30, 2008 at 3:06 pm

On June 30, 2008 Anthony M. Tesvich, a former employee of Home Depot, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of tax evasion, in connection with a scheme to defraud Home Depot. According to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the conspiracy took place […]

ILLINOIS VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY AND ACCEPTING ILLEGAL GRATUITIES

June 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

On June 30, 2008, Joel M. Gostomelsky, the director of the Hines, IL Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA”) Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (“CMOP”) pled guilty to one count of conspiring to allow a subordinate to participate in decisions directly affecting the financial interests of the subordinate’s spouse and one count […]

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES PLEAD GUILTY AND AGREE TO PAY FINES FOR THEIR ROLE IN MAJOR CONSPIRACY TO FIX AIR CARGO RATES

June 26, 2008 at 3:03 pm

On June 26, 2008, five major international airlines including Socit Air France (Air France), Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (Cathay), Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines), Martinair Holland N.V. (Martinair), and SAS Cargo Group A/S (SAS) pled guilty and agreed to pay fines for their role in a major […]

U.S. ARMY OFFICER AND WIFE PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY AND MONEY LAUNDERING INVOLVING DOD CONTRACTS AT U.S. BASE IN KUWAIT

June 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm

On June 24, 2008, John Cockerham, a U.S. Army office, and his wife, Melissa Cockerham, of San Antonio pled guilty to charges of conspiracies to commit bribery and money laundering. Mr. Cockerham pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of money laundering. Mrs. Cockerham […]

COURT ALLOWS DOJ LAWSUIT AGAINST DAILY GAZETTE AND MEDIANEWS TO CONTINUE

June 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm

On June 20, 2008, the U.S. District Court in Charleston, WV, issued an opinion and order to allow the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to proceed with a lawsuit against the Daily Gazette Company (“Daily”) and MediaNews Group Inc. (MediaNews). In May 2007, the DOJ filed a lawsuit against Daily […]

NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY FOR HIS ROLE IN A CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY ON NEW YORK PIER 86 PROJECT

June 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

On June 20, 2008, Charles N. Kriss, a former New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services engineer, pled guilty to conspire to commit bribery in connection with a repair project to reconstruct Pier 86 where the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum is located. Mr. Kriss agreed to serve […]

CALIFORNIA ELECTRIC COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY FOR ITS ROLE IN RIGGING BIDS ON FCC E-RATE PROJECTS FOR FRESNO AREA SCHOOLS

June 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

On June 18, 2008, Howe Electric Inc., a California-based electrical contractor, pled guilty and agreed to pay a fine of $3.3 million for rigging bids on Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) E-Rate Program (“E-Rate”) projects in two Fresno, CA schools. The company will pay a total of $300,000 in criminal fines […]

CINCINNATI ICE COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO CUSTOMER AND TERRITORY ALLOCATION CHARGE

June 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm

On June 17, 2003, Home City Ice Company pled guilty to conspiracy in allocating packaged-ice customers and territories among its co-conspirators. The DOJ alleged that Home City along with its co-conspirators suppressed competition by allocating customers and territories in the Detroit Metropolitan area and southeastern Michigan amongst themselves. This conspiracy […]

ANOTHER EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN DOJ’S ONGOING INVESTIGATION IN THE MILITARY RESTRAINTS INDUSTRY

June 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm

On June 13, 2008, Frank Granizo, a former president of a licensed freight forwarding company based in Florida, pled guilty to wire fraud related to paying kickbacks to an unnamed executive at an unnamed manufacturing company. Mr. Granizo also agreed to help the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in its ongoing […]