Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF BULLETPROOF VESTS IN IRAQ

May 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

On May 27, 2009, Diana Bakir Demilta, president of Global-Link Distribution, LLC, a defense contracting company, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and admitted to bribery in connection with contracts for operations in the International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq. Between September 2004 and March 2005, Ms. Demilta submitted multiple […]

FTC AUTHORIZES SUIT TO BLOCK CSL’s PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF TALECRIS

May 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

On May 27, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint o block CSL Limited’s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of Talecris Biotherapeutics Holdings Corporation. The administrative complaint alleges that the deal would be illegal and would substantially reduce competition in the U.S. markets for four plasma-derivative protein therapies – Immune […]

VIRGINIA SUBCONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING U.S. NAVY

May 21, 2009 at 5:56 pm

On May 21, 2009, Todd M. Mosiman, a U.S. Navy subcontractor from Virginia, pled guilty for conspiring to defraud the U.S. Navy. Mr. Mosiman conspired with a co-conspirator to steer contracts for fabricated metals used for the repair and maintenance of elevator equipment in on U.S. Navy aircraft and vessels. […]

HSR RULES MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

May 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

On May 3,2004, the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), filed two civil suits against alleged violators of pre-merger notification filing requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act of 1976. The HSR Act imposes notification and waiting period requirements on individuals and […]

FORMER HOME DEPOT PRODUCT MERCHANT PLEADS GUILTY

May 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

On May 19, 2009, Ronald Douglas Matheny II, the former product merchant in Home Depot’s flooring department, pled guilty to his role in a conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and a conspiracy to commit money laundering connected to a scheme to defraud his former employer, Home Depot. Mr. […]

EX-WIFE OF FORMER HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD

May 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

On May 14, 2009, Melissa Deaton Tesvich, ex-wife of former Home Depot employee, Anthony Tesvich, who pled guilty for one count of wire fraud, herself pled guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. According to the Department of Justice, Ms. Tesvich filed a joint federal tax return […]

ANTITRUST DIVISION WILL TAKE A MORE AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO EXCLUSIONARY CONDUCT

May 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

On May 11, 2009, Christine A. Varney, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department’s Antitrust Division, delivered her first speech at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress. The speech, entitled “Vigorous Antitrust Enforcement in this Challenging Era,” confirms that the new administration intends be much more […]

FTC INVESTIGATING GOOGLE, APPLE

May 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

On May 5, it was reported by various news sources that the Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation into whether an overlap of directors on the boards of Apple Inc. and Google Inc. violates the antitrust laws, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sits on the board of Apple. If directors sit […]

DOJ SETTLES WITH CONSOLIDATED MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE, INC.

May 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm

On May 4, 2009, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reached a settlement with Consolidated Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (“CMLS”) that requires CMLS to change its rules to allow for increased competition between low-priced, innovative real estate brokers compete with traditional real estate brokers in the Columbia, South Carolina market. A […]

PRESIDENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD U.S. NAVY IN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO MILITARY RESTRAINT INDUSTRY

May 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm

On May 1, 2009, Thomas J. DeGirolamo, owner and president of a designing and manufacturing firm, pled guilty for his role in a conspiracy to allocate a U.S. Navy contract for navy straps. Navy straps are a type of equipment used by the U.S. Navy to tiedown munitions and other […]