Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law

Competition: Spring 2020, Vol 30, No. 1

CRIMINAL ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT: RECENT HIGHLIGHTS, POLICY INITIATIVES, AND WHAT’S TO COME

By Richard A. Powers1

Good afternoon. Thank you, Peter, for the kind introduction. It’s great to be back in San Francisco, and I appreciate the invitation to speak at the 29th Annual Golden State Institute. The timing of your event allows me to reflect on the many accomplishments of our outstanding prosecutors and to detail the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement priorities going forward.

My remarks today will focus on three topics: first, a recap of recent case-related developments; second, two significant policy announcements and their implications; and third, I will close with a few thoughts on our goals and plans for the future.

Before I get into those topics, however, I want to spend a few minutes talking about the state of our program. As many of you know, we’ve been navigating a period of change and transition at the Division. Over the last few years, we’ve had a number of significant, highly successful investigations wind down. As that has happened, we have shifted our limited resources to new investigations and new initiatives.

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