Antitrust Investigation/Petrochemicals

William A Markham

Case Conclusion Date:May 2, 1994

Practice Area:Antitrust / Trade Law

Outcome:Successful negotiation/dismissal of all charges

Description:Mr. Markham successfully defended a manufacturer of polypropylene products against potential claims of price-fixing and horizontal market allocation brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act. This supplier was initially designated a “target” in an ongoing criminal investigation undertaken by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Mr. Markham persuaded the DOJ to close its investigation without filing a complaint, and he persuaded would-be civil litigants not to seek relief against his client. In this case, Mr. Markham’s client obtained an unqualified and prompt release from any possible liability or obligation.