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Courts Grapple with Novel Legal Issues Relating to Chinese Companies Sued in U.S. for Antitrust Violations

January 28, 2009

By The Antitrust Practice Group

As the world economy grows increasingly interconnected, plaintiffs lawyers in the US are searching for ways to sue foreign companies in US courts for anticompetitive behavior. Several recent Sherman Act cases have been brought against consortiums of partially government owned Chinese companies alleging price-fixing activity that impacts US markets. The increasing willingness of plaintiffs lawyers to bring US antitrust lawsuits against Chinese companies may raise the interest of the Department of Justice and lead to future cartel investigations.