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At its annual conference, the International Competition Network (ICN) adopted guiding principles for procedural fairness in competition agency enforcement; substantially revised merger recommended practices addressing international enforcement cooperation, timing of notification, and review periods; and presented the results of a member survey on vertical merger assessment and related economic issues. The ICN also issued a strategy report on advocacy monitoring and evaluation methods, and interim reports on the treatment of vertical restraints under unilateral conduct laws and key elements of cartel leniency programs, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the Second Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.

A Durham, North Carolina, tax return preparer was sentenced to 20 months in prison today for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with the owner of the Bunker Hill Mine, Placer Mining Company, Inc. (Placer Mining), resolving Placer Mining’s cleanup liability in Idaho’s northern panhandle. The Department of Justice and EPA have concurrently reached a settlement with the lessee of the Bunker Hill Mine, Bunker Hill Mining Corp. (BHMC), removing a barrier to new operations at the Mine.
The settlement:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a New York-based company with illegally brokering dozens of investments by foreign nationals seeking U.S. residency.