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General Overview of United States Antitrust Law

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Publication Date: June 2001

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RL31026

Topic: Law and ethics (Corporations and securities law)


This Report briefly summarizes (1) the primary United States antitrust statutes, and (2) some of the activities which are generally considered to be violations of those laws. There is also some reference to the prohibition against unfair competition and the "unfairness" jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The laws discussed do not constitute all of the statutes which may be applicable to, or implicated in antitrust issues, but rather, are those which are most often utilized.