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The DOJ’s fraught chicken-industry prosecution; and an EU court’s landmark M&A decision
22 July 2022 00:00
In the US, the Department of Justice’s drawn-out criminal prosecution of chicken suppliers over cartel claims has come to an end — again. The acquittal of five industry executives marks the third time that the DOJ has prosecuted the men — a defeat that may prove damaging not just to the reputation of the DOJ’s antitrust division, but also to its ability to encourage whistleblowers to come forward in exchange for immunity deals. But this isn’t the end of the chicken price-fixing saga as prosecutors gear up for two more trials against other defendants in October and April. Also on the podcast: How an historic EU court ruling on Illumina-Grail deal is likely to boost the European Commission’s confidence in tackling deals targeting smaller companies.
11 July 2022 22:13 by Khushita VasantAcquittal of five chicken industry executives by a jury in a price-fixing trial - third failed attempt by the US DOJ
Dealmakers on notice as Illumina court loss bolsters EU regulator's stance on below-threshold referrals13 July 2022 15:06 by Natalie McNelisIllumina may have been the first, but it likely won't be the last company caught by the EU merger regulator’s recent
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