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Mary Strimel advises and defends clients on mergers, acquisitions, criminal price-fixing, class actions and other antitrust investigations before the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission, and state and federal courts. Her criminal and civil antitrust work has spanned a wide range of industries, including transportation, software, financial markets, data publishing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, glass, industrial products, alcoholic beverages and telecommunications. Read Mary Strimel's full bio.

THE LATEST: Limiting Early Discovery in Parallel Criminal and Civil Cases


By , and on Apr 20, 2017
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, DOJ Developments, Private Litigation

Companies are increasingly facing parallel proceedings involving government investigations and follow-on private litigation. These complex cases often involve competing interests between the parties that can influence a judge’s determination on discovery timing and process. Private plaintiffs are incentivized to obtain as much information about the case as early as possible to support their allegations and...

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THE LATEST: Entanglements and Concentrated Markets Require Divestiture in the Dairy Industry


By and on Apr 13, 2017
Posted In Agriculture, DOJ Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions

On July 6, 2016, Danone S.A. (Danone) agreed to acquire The WhiteWave Foods Company (WhiteWave) for $12.5 billion. WhiteWave is the leading manufacturer of fluid organic milk in the United States and one of the top purchasers of raw organic milk. Danone is the leading US manufacturer of organic yogurt (Stonyfield). Nearly 90 percent of...

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THE LATEST: Acting AAG Clarifies Scope of Amnesty for Executives


By on Apr 5, 2017
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, DOJ Developments

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (the Division) offers leniency to the first company to contact the Division and acknowledge participation in an antitrust conspiracy such as price-fixing, bid-rigging or market allocation. The Division’s leniency program requires the applicant to fully cooperate with the government’s investigation and to candidly acknowledge its wrongdoing, among...

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THE LATEST: Further Efforts to Broaden the Scope and Impact for CFIUS Reviews of Foreign Acquisitions of US Businesses


By and on Mar 17, 2017
Posted In Agriculture, Mergers & Acquisitions

We reported earlier on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and its legal and practical authority to review M&A transactions for possible risks to US national security posed by foreign ownership of a US business. Sens. Cornyn (R-TX) and Schumer (D-NY) reportedly are working separately on legislation to strengthen CFIUS, which...

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THE LATEST: National Security Reviews of Foreign Ownership May Broaden


By and on Feb 23, 2017
Posted In Mergers & Acquisitions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS, commonly pronounced “syphius”) reviews M&A transactions that may pose a risk to national security through foreign control of a US business.  (See our recent article).  CFIUS is composed of members from the Departments of Treasury (chair), Homeland Security, State, Defense and other agencies.  It has...

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THE LATEST: Employee “No-Poaching” Agreements Remain in the Antitrust Crosshairs


By , and on Feb 16, 2017
Posted In Uncategorized

There have been a series of investigations, class action suits and high value settlements involving agreements not to solicit employees. In addition, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division made a splash a few months ago when it announced that it would criminally investigate and prosecute employers that engage in certain “naked” no-poach or wage-fixing...

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THE LATEST: DOJ Trial Machine is Staffed Up, Fired Up


By on Feb 8, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments

WHAT HAPPENED: The DOJ Antitrust Division scored another trial win — this time in a real estate foreclosure bid rigging case. Yesterday’s win follows on the heels of Division wins in a Puerto Rico bus transportation bid rigging/fraud case (DC Office, Criminal I), enjoining of a significant merger (DC Office, Lit I), corruption prosecution of...

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DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program


By on Feb 1, 2017
Posted In DOJ Developments

This month, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model Leniency Letters” (FAQs), with releases both before and after the new administration took office. The revisions serve as a signal that the continuity we have seen in previous years from the Antitrust Division...

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