Bob Connolly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome. There are several outstanding services that cover events in the cartel world, both in the United States and worldwide. The purpose of Cartel Capers is to try to provide some insight into the major developments and analysis of actions taken (or declined) by the Antitrust Division of the US DOJ.
I (Bob Connolly http://geyergorey.com/robert-e-connolly/ ) will be the primary poster for this site. I served for 33 years in the Antitrust Division. I started as a trial attorney in 1980 and was captain of the ship (Chief) when the Philadelphia Field office was closed in 2013 (along with three other field offices). My first trial with the Division was a three-month trial of a conspiracy by copper tubing manufactures to fix prices. While the defendants were acquitted, it was a tremendous learning experience. I cut my teeth on what was then one of the largest conspiracy cases filed by the Division. From there it was a string of road building cases, auction rings, defense department procurement fraud and bid-rigging and other local and regional cases that where at one time the staple of the Antitrust Division. By the time I finished my career with the Division, the playing field had shifted to international cases. The Philadelphia office was involved in some historic prosecutions: the graphite electrodes cartel, the extradition and conviction of a British national for obstruction, and a Mexican cartel (Tampico—not drugs) which we prosecuted for both a horizontal and vertical price fixing.
In 1987 I was made Assistant Chief of the office and in 1994 I became Chief. During that time I was able to participate in, and give my voice to policy decisions and mission objectives of the Division. I have the greatest respect for the deliberative process the Division follows and how opinions are sought and considered. I always had many ideas; some of them were even good. When I had a different view than that which was adopted and I was happy (and obligated) to carry out that policy to the best of my ability. Now, no longer a Division prosecutor, I am free to offer my insight, analysis and recommendations in a public forum. I hope to continue to learn so please feel free to offer comments or feedback on how the site (and my thinking) can be improved.
The blog will also benefit from the insight and experience of two regular guest bloggers, my partners at Geyer Gorey LLP: Hays Gorey, Jr. and Joan Marshall. Hays spent his public career with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., serving in the Antitrust and Criminal Divisions. During this time, he represented the United States in major criminal and civil cases. Joan Marshall was a Trial Attorney for the Antitrust Division in the Dallas regional office. Ms. Marshall investigated and prosecuted domestic and international white-collar crimes, for more than fifteen years. Her prosecutions included price fixing, bid rigging, bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud, witness tampering and perjury.