On June 22, 2004, President Bush signed into law perhaps the most signiﬁcant amendments to the U.S. antitrust statutes since the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. These changes, enacted as H.R. 1086, will have substantial implications for several areas of antitrust enforcement. These include: • limiting potential civil actions against standard-setting organizations;increasing even further incentives for antitrust wrongdoers to participate in the Antitrust Division’s corporate leniency program; increasing criminal penalties for corporations and individuals; and enhancing judicial scrutiny of antitrust consent decrees.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
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William Kolasky, "Antitrust and Competition Law Update: Important Changes to U.S. Antitrust Statutes Become Law" (June 2004). Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Antitrust Series. Working Paper 25.