Group Boycotts And Their Effect On Competition

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 has an effect on competition between companies. Group boycotts have the effect of an undue restraint of trade which will hamper competition. Generally these group boycotts have been considered to be per se illegal but there has been some exceptions that have been considered.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What about the use of vertical agreements that allow group boycotts?
If the boycott is the result of politics and not the result of a commercial decision, will the boycott still be actionable?

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