In March, we discussed the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s move to update its standard consent decree language to enhance decree enforceability. Among other things, the changes:
- Reduced the burden of proof for DOJ to demonstrate a decree violation in court, and
- Shifted DOJ’s attorney’s fees to the losing party in the event that a decree enforcement action became necessary.
Now, DOJ Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim has further intensified the Division’s compliance focus by announcing the creation of an Office of Decree Enforcement at the Division (Office). The Office would have “the sole goal to ensure compliance with, and enforcement of, [Antitrust Division] decrees.” (more…)