State Attorneys General Step Up Antitrust Litigation

By Marius Meland (May 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- State attorneys general have been active in both civil and criminal antitrust enforcement since the implementation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which provided state attorneys general with the power to sue for monetary damages on behalf of their constituents.

But the relationship between state and federal authorities—and the role they play in antitrust enforcement—has been changing in recent years, with state attorneys general increasingly cracking down on anti-competitive practices.

Federal and state authorities have made increasing efforts to coordinate their investigation and prosecution processes, including creating healthcare initiatives in which both state and federal enforcers allege antitrust violations in a single coverage...

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