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Bona Law’s Dylan Carson Appointed Lead Monitor in The DOJ’s Poultry Processing Enforcement Action

June 12, 2023

On June 9, 2023, Judge Gallagher of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland approved the appointment of Bona Law partner Dylan Carson by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division as Lead Monitor for antitrust compliance by three poultry processing companies as part of a 10-year consent decree.

The processors agreed to monitoring while settling allegations that they engaged in a long-running information sharing conspiracy about employee compensation and violated the Packers and Stockyards Act.  The appointment includes the authority to monitor the processors’ compliance with the terms of the Court’s final judgment as well as the antitrust laws more broadly. 

The Antitrust Division and Defendants proposed Dylan’s appointment as monitor as part of an extensive vetting process. In its unopposed motion, the Antitrust Division noted his more than 20 years of experience in antitrust law, including the Division’s enforcement action based on competitors’ information exchanges during negotiations for licensing rights to telecast the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball games. 

Dylan spent over 5 years as a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division, serving as a leading trial lawyer in several high-profile mergers, including Aetna-Humana, AT&T-Time Warner and Sabre-Farelogix.  At Bona Law, Dylan worked with his Bona-Law colleagues to lead the California Attorney General’s Antitrust Section in a price-fixing lawsuit involving market manipulation in the gasoline spot market.

In his private practice, Dylan offers clients his knowledge of public and private antitrust enforcement to navigate the complexities of civil and criminal enforcement and private litigation. He has advised clients about shepherding mergers and acquisitions through the approval process, handling federal and state government antitrust investigations, prosecuting and defending private antitrust actions, and crafting compliance programs to avoid the risk of antitrust enforcement and treble damages actions. He has represented parties involved in merger and civil nonmerger investigations in diverse industries, including real estate, telecommunications, cable and satellite television, e-commerce, online platforms, energy generation and distribution, finance, casinos, and food and soft drinks.

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