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Corporate monitors seen as bolstering DOJ antitrust compliance goals

Antitrust prosecutors at the Department of Justice want companies to increase their share of the burden in preventing and detecting criminal conduct.

That means more effective antitrust compliance programs, said Makan Delrahim, the DOJ’s antitrust chief, at a recent conference in Washington, DC. Law enforcement is largely reactionary and “should be the last resort,” he said.

The DOJ has a long-held belief that if a company commits an antitrust crime, any compliance program it had was ineffective. That argument isn’t without merit. By nature, cartels involve...

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