The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division began to focus on international anti-cartel enforcement in the 1990s. Since then, the global reach of Sherman Act enforcement has expanded dramatically.

The Antitrust Division now regularly investigates, prosecutes, and convicts foreign companies and executives based on cartel activities occurring largely outside the United States. The Antitrust Division has used a variety of law enforcement tools to advance its objective to “send a powerful signal that cartelists will not be allowed to hide behind borders.” 

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