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What a US approach to obstruction charges could teach Australian antitrust regulators
21 October 2019 00:00
Australian steel-product manufacturer BlueScope Steel is embroiled in two court cases brought by the country’s competition regulator. The company’s former manager Jason Ellis is involved in both cases --- alleged attempted cartel conduct and criminal obstruction charges. Obstruction charges are often used in the US to aid cartel probes, but it’s the first time the measures have been used in Australia in this context.
Australian antitrust probes could makes use of obstruction charges, former US justice department official saysAustralia’s competition regulator could use criminal obstruction charges leveled at former BlueScope Steel manager Jason Ellis as an example for future cartel probes, an ex-US Department of Justice official has said.