The Colloboration Among Competitors Of Horizontal Restraints

Antitrust laws state that there should be the preservation and encouragement of competition among competitors in the marketplace of commerce. The use of horizontal restraints and their effect on competition between companies has demonstrated that they should be prevented. The activities of price fixing, group boycotts and the sharing of disseminated information at trade associations have the effect of an undue restraint of trade which will hamper competition.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Why is the rationale for the rule of reason analysis for horizontal restraint agreements?
If a business joins a trade association, should they be worried about potentially be found liable under section 1 of the Sherman Act?

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