WHAT IS ANTITRUST

  • Antitrust laws are regulations that monitor the distribution of economic power in business.

It makes sure that healthy competition is allowed to flourish and economies can grow.

  • Antitrust laws apply to nearly all industries and sectors, touching every level of business, including manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and marketing.
  • Antitrust laws prohibit a number of business practices that restrain trade.

EXAMPLE
Price-fixing conspiracies, corporate mergers that are likely to cut back the competitive spirit of certain markets, and predatory acts designed to gain or hold on to monopoly power.

  • Antitrust laws were designed to protect and promote healthy competition within all sectors of the economy.
  • Antitrust laws are the broad group of state and federal laws that are designed to make sure businesses are competing fairly.
  • Supporters say antitrust laws are necessary for an open marketplace.

Antitrust laws exist to promote competition among sellers, limit monopolies, and give consumers more options.

  • Opponents to antitrust laws argue that allowing businesses to compete as they see fit would ultimately give consumers the best prices.
  • The trust in antitrust refers to a group of businesses that team up or form a monopoly in order to dictate pricing in a particular market.