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MICHAEL L. SCOTT (CSBN 165452)
JEANE HAMILTON (CSBN 157834)
VICTOR ALI (CSBN 229544)
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
450 Golden Gate Avenue
Box 36046, Room 10-0101
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 436-6660

Attorneys for the United States

Original Filed May 16, 2005

E-filing

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO VENUE



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,    

                  v.

WOLFGANG KOCH,

                  Defendant.


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CR 05 00314 CRB

INFORMATION

VIOLATION:
Title 15, United States Code,
Section 1 (Price Fixing)



The United States of America, acting through its attorneys, charges:

I.
DESCRIPTION OF THE OFFENSE

1. WOLFGANG KOCH ("the defendant") is made a defendant on the charge stated below.

2. Beginning in or about January 1999 and continuing until in or about December 2001, the defendant and co-conspirators participated in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by maintaining and increasing the prices of certain rubber chemicals sold in the United States and elsewhere. The combination and conspiracy engaged in by the defendant and co-conspirators was in unreasonable restraint of interstate and foreign trade and commerce in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. § 1).

3. The charged combination and conspiracy consisted of a continuing agreement, understanding, and concert of action among the defendant and co-conspirators, the substantial term of which was to suppress and eliminate competition by maintaining and increasing the prices of certain rubber chemicals in the United States and elsewhere.

4. For the purpose of forming and carrying out the charged combination and conspiracy, the defendant and co-conspirators did those things that they combined and conspired to do, including, among other things:

  1. participating in conversations and meetings to discuss prices of certain rubber chemicals to be sold in the United States and elsewhere;

  2. agreeing, during those conversations and meetings, to raise and maintain prices of certain rubber chemicals to be sold in the United States and elsewhere;

  3. participating in conversations and attending meetings concerning implementation of and adherence to the agreements reached;

  4. issuing price announcements and price quotations in accordance with the agreements reached; and

  5. exchanging information on the sale of certain rubber chemicals in the United States and elsewhere.
II.
DEFENDANT AND CO-CONSPIRATORS

5. The defendant is employed by Bayer AG ("Bayer"), a German entity with its principal place of business in Leverkusen, Germany. During the period covered by this Information, the defendant held the title of Product Manager of Rubber Chemicals in Bayer's Rubber Group and had responsibility for approving pricing of rubber chemicals sold in the United States and elsewhere. During the period covered by this Information, the defendant and Bayer engaged in the business of producing and selling rubber chemicals in the United States and elsewhere.

6. Various entities and individuals, not made defendants in this Information, participated as co-conspirators in the offense charged herein and performed acts and made statements in furtherance of it.

7. Whenever in this Information reference is made to any act, deed, or transaction of any entity, the allegation means that the entity engaged in the act, deed, or transaction by or through its officers, directors, employees, agents, or other representatives while they were actively engaged in the management, direction, control, or transaction of its business or affairs.

III.
TRADE AND COMMERCE

8. Rubber chemicals are a group of additives used to improve the elasticity, strength, and durability of rubber products. Rubber chemicals are used primarily in the manufacture of tires, outdoor furniture, hoses, belts, and footwear.

9. During the period covered by this Information, the defendant's employer and co-conspirators manufactured, sold, and distributed rubber chemicals in a continuous and uninterrupted flow of interstate and foreign trade and commerce to customers located in states or countries other than the states or countries in which the defendant's employer and co-conspirators produced rubber chemicals.

10. The business activities of the defendant and co-conspirators that are the subject of this Information were within the flow of, and substantially affected, interstate trade and commerce.

IV.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE

11. The combination and conspiracy charged in this Information was carried out, in part, in the Northern District of California within the five years preceding the filing of this Information.

ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 15, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 1.

Dated: 5/10/05

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R. Hewitt Pate
Assistant Attorney General

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Scott D. Hammond
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

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Marc Siegel
Director of Criminal Enforcement

 

United States Department of Justice
Antitrust Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

____________ME_/s/_for____________
Kevin V. Ryan
United States Attorney
Northern District of California

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Phillip H. Warren
Chief, San Francisco Office

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Niall E. Lynch
Assistant Chief, San Francisco Office

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Michael L. Scott
Jeane Hamilton
Victor Ali
Attorneys

United States Department of Justice
Antitrust Division
450 Golden Gate Avenue
Box 36046, Room 10-0101
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 436-6660