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China Leniency Program Gives Whistelblowers Pause

Leah Nylen and Eliot Gao, MLex, September 2014

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Western antitrust lawyers who routinely urge clients to blow the whistle on cartels in the US, Europe or Japan hesitate to do so in China. Unclear criteria for leniency applications - and unpredictability in how leniency is applied - make many multinationals skittish about seeking immunity from prosecution and fines, as can be seen from recent Chinese rulings on cartels involving car parts and liquid crystal display panels.

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