Associations Can Run Afoul Of Anti-Trust Rules


Antitrust: Even the name is ominous. And the closer you look at it, the more vaguely menacing it seems. For example, if you violate the antitrust laws, you might rack up millions of dollars in fines, and you might even go to jail.

Maybe worst of all, it seems as if you might actually need to understand economics to avoid violating the antitrust laws.

But, it isn’t that bad. Antitrust law – or competition law as it is known elsewhere in the world – is really just about ensuring that our largely free-market economy works for consumers. The goal is not to turn you into an antitrust lawyer, or even a lawyer (and certainly not an economist). The goal is to help you keep your eyes peeled for potential antitrust issues so that if a competition issue arises you can call someone who can help.

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