Antitrust Among Friends

Law360, New York (June 21, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT) -- Smart businesspeople survey the marketplace constantly and benchmark against the competition. They may enter into joint ventures with competitors with complementary strengths. They also participate in trade associations. These are all important tools to ensure that a business stays competitive.

However, in any interaction with competitors, the antitrust laws must be kept in mind and addressed. The antitrust laws prohibit contracts, combinations, conspiracies and other agreements in restraint of trade, as well as monopolization and attempted monopolization. Therefore, interacting with competitors and participating in a trade...
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