Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

ANOTHER EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY FOR PARTICIPATING IN CONSPIRACY TO RIG BIDS FOR MARINE PRODUCTS

June 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm

On June 30, 2009, Franch A. March, a chief executive officer of a former Virginia marine products company, pled guilty for his role in conspiracy to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to foam-filled fenders and buoys bought by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Card, and other private companies. […]

FOMER DOD CIVIL EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS

June 25, 2009 at 8:50 pm

On June 25, 2009, Tijani Ahmed Saani, a contracting officer at the Department of Defense, plead guilty to filing false tax returns from 2003 to 2007. While working on detail at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, he failed to properly file tax returns by not reporting overseas bank accounts in the United […]

NEW JERSEY SUB-CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILITY TO DEFRAUDING EPA

June 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

On June 25, 2009, Frederick Landgraber, a co-owner of a New Jersey landscaping company, plead guilty to his role in a fraud conspiracy at the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”)-Superfund site, Federal Creosote. Mr. Landgraber was involved in the conspiracy from March 2002 to June 2005. Mr. Landgraber paid $30,000 to […]

MEDIA EXECUTIVE PAYS $1.4 MILLION FOR VIOLATING PREMERGER NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

June 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm

On June 23, 2009, John C. Malone, the chairman of the board of Liberty Media Corporation and the chief executive officer of Discovery Holding Co. (“Discovery”), agreed to pay a penalty of $1.4 million for violating premerger reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act of 1976 when acquiring […]

THREE MILITARY OFFICERS, FOUR DEFENSE CONTRACTORS AND THEIR COMPANIES CHARGED FOR DEFRAUDING DOD IN AFGHANISTAN

June 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

On June 19, 2009, Christopher P. West, a U.S. Army Major, and Patrick W. Boyd, a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant pled guilty to various bribery, fraud, and conspiracy charges related to Department of Defense contracts in Afghanistan. Charles Patton, a U.S. Army Sergeant pled guilty for receiving stolen property […]

TWO MORE INDIVIDUALS INDICTED IN ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO BIDDING VIOLATIONS IN MARYLAND TAX-LIEN AUCTIONS

June 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm

On June 16, 2009, Harvey N. Nusbaum and Jeff W. Stollof, two Baltimore, MD businessmen, were indicted for conspiring to rig bids in tax lien auctions in Maryland. If a property owner in Maryland fails to pay his/her property taxes, the State government imposes a lien. If the taxes are […]

FORMER HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IMPRISONMENT

June 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

On June 11, 2009, Anthony M. Tesvich, a former Home Depot employee, was sentenced to serve six years in federal prison for charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing false tax returns. According to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the conspiracy took place from October 2002 to October […]

FTC SETTLES PRICE FIXING CHARGES AGAINST DOCTOR GROUP

June 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

On June 4, 2009, Alta Bates Medical Group, Inc. (“Alta Bates”), a 600-physician independent practice association serving the Berkeley and Oakland, California, area, agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the antitrust laws by fixing prices charged to health care insurers. The proposed consent order agreed to […]

CHRISTINE A. VARNEY TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION NETWORK CONFERENCE IN ZURICH

June 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm

From June 3-5, 2009, Christine A. Varney, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division, will participate in the eighth annual International Competition Network (“ICN”) conference in Zurich, Switzerland. She will join senior government antitrust officials and other antitrust experts from multinational organizations and […]

MICHIGAN SCHOOL OFFICIAL INDICTED TO DEFRAUD FCC’S E-RATE PROGRAM

June 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

On June 2, Bradley J. Hansen, the former superintendent of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District in Grand Rapids, MI, was indicted by a grand jury for conspiring to commit bribery and deprive the school district and the citizens of Michigan of his honest services in relation to the Federal […]