Global Cartel Enforcers Shift Attention To Local Conspiracies

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Despite a rebound in penalties issued by U.S. and European enforcers last year, a report released Wednesday found that global criminal cartel fines are down over the past decade. But the downward trend may say more about where enforcers are focusing than it does about their level of activity.
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Global Cartel Enforcers Shift Attention To Local Conspiracies

Despite a rebound in penalties issued by U.S. and European enforcers last year, a report released Wednesday found that global criminal cartel fines are down over the past decade. But the downward trend may say more about where enforcers are focusing than it does about their level of activity.

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