Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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In January 1977, the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department and the Bechtel Corporation entered a proposed final settlement of the antitrust suit filed by the United States one year earlier. The complaint had charged that Bechtel, one of the world's largest construction firms, and four of its affiliates, had implemented the Arab League boycott of Israel and of "pro-Israeli" domestic firms. This settlement of the Antitrust Division's first attack on the thirty-year-old Arab boycott has resulted in a consent accord which outlines a permissible course of conduct for United States firms seeking trade with the Arab world, but leaves unanswered a broad range of antitrust issues sure to be raised in subsequent private suits. This note will examine and attempt to resolve several of the issues raised in the Bechtel suit, and in addition, will examine the course of conduct licensed by the consent accord.