John V. Keenan, former chief operating officer at Horizon Lines, has been advised by the Justice Department that he has been cleared of antitrust violations in the Jones Act domestic shipping market.
Keenan and former Horizon CEO Chuck Raymond received letters from the Justice Department that they were no longer subjects of the investigation.
The statute of limitations in the case expired April 17, five years after the federal investigation became public when agents raided offices of Jones Act carriers.
The Justice Department said its investigation was “ongoing.” Tom Farmer, former vice president at Crowley Liner Services, was indicted in March on an antitrust charge. Frank Peake, former president of Sea Star Lines, was convicted of antitrust conspiracy in January and is awaiting sentencing.
Five other former officials of Horizon and Sea Star were indicted shortly after the raids and served prison terms for antitrust conspiracy or hiding evidence. Horizon, Sea Star and Crowley have pleaded guilty to antitrust charges and paid fines totaling $46.2 million in addition to more than $57 million to settle class-action lawsuits by direct and indirect customers.