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JEANE HAMILTON
BARBARA J. NELSON
ANDREW S. HUANG
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

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,    

                  Plaintiff,

                  v.


FREYSSINET INTERNATIONAL   
ET CIE,

                  Defendant.


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No.: CR99-0385

I N F O R M A T I O N

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

San Francisco Venue

Filed: September 15, 1999


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

I.

DESCRIPTION OF THE OFFENSE

1. FREYSSINET INTERNATIONAL ET CIE ("FREYSSINET") is made a defendant on the charge stated below.

2. Beginning in or about September 1996 and continuing until in or about September 1997, the defendant and co-conspirators participated in a combination and conspiracy in unreasonable restraint of interstate 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 conspirators, the substantial terms of which were to rig bids and allocate contracts for the sale of materials, installation and supplies used to construct cable-stayed bridges in the United States.

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 to discuss upcoming cable-stayed bridge projects in the United States;

  2. agreeing, during one such conversation, to allocate several upcoming cable-stayed bridge projects in the United States among the defendant and co-conspirators; and

  3. submitting artificially high, non-competitive bids in accordance with the agreements reached.

II.

DEFENDANTS AND CO-CONSPIRATORS

5. FREYSSINET is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of France. Its principal place of business is in Velizy, France. During the period covered by this Information, FREYSSINET was engaged in the business of producing and selling construction materials, installation and services in the cable-stayed bridge industry.

6. Various corporations 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 corporation, the allegation means that the corporation 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. Construction of cable-stayed bridges is a form of specialty construction. The deck of a cable-stayed bridge is suspended from cables attached to load-bearing towers.

9. During the period covered by this Information, the defendants and co-conspirators manufactured, sold, distributed and installed materials and supplies used to construct cable-stayed bridges in a continuous and uninterrupted flow of interstate commerce from the states of manufacture to customers located in other states. In addition, some of the cable-stayed bridge projects allocated by defendants and co-conspirators pursuant to the charged scheme were paid for in part by the United States government.

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 the United States, in part, within the five years preceding the filing of this Information.

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

_______________/s/________________
Joel I. Klein
Assistant Attorney General

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Gary R. Spratling
Deputy Assistant Attorney General

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James M. Griffin
Director of Criminal Enforcement

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Robert S. Mueller III
United States Attorney
Northern District of California

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Christopher S Crook
Chief, San Francisco Office

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Jeane Hamilton
Barbara J. Nelson
Andrew S. Huang
Attorneys

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