Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Many people have never heard of antitrust laws, but enforcement of these laws saves consumers millions and even billions of dollars a year. The Federal Government enforces three major Federal antitrust laws, and most states also have their own. The three major Federal antitrust laws are The Sherman Antitrust Act, The Clayton Act, and The Federal Trade Commission Act.This is FindLaw's collection of Antitrust and Trade Regulation articles, part of the Business Operations section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Articles
    • Enforceable Covenants Not To Compete

      Employers frequently require their employees to execute employment agreements that contain covenants not to compete. Each state has its own laws regarding whether such covenants may be enforced, and under what circumstances. Learn more about enforceable covenants not to compete in this article.

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    • Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements Across State Lines: The California and Texas Problems

      As technology continues to advance protection of employers' trade secrets and good will has become increasingly more important. An ever-increasing number of employers now use written noncompetition agreements to protect their legitimate interests. Here is a brief look at how to enforce noncompetition agreements across state lines.

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    • Non-Compete Agreements After An Acquisition: Are They Enforceable?

      Many companies view their key executives and sales people as assets to be preserved and maintained, recognizing that these individuals add value to the organization. In an attempt to keep those assets out of the hands of competitors, companies often use non-compete agreements. Learn more about non-compete agreements after an acquisition in this article.

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    • Employment Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

      Credit and criminal background checks are part of the standard hiring process for most employers. These checks provide employers with a brief snapshot of the type of person that they are considering hiring. Requiring a background check as a condition of employment is not illegal.

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    • Mergers & Acquisitions: Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants In the Acquisition Context

      Post-employment restrictive covenants prohibit employees from competing with their employer’s business after the two sever ties. There is a balance that must be struck in order to make these types of covenants valid. Read on to learn how these covenants work in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

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    • New Antitrust Risks for Private Equity Firms?
      Courtesy of West LegalEdcenter's The M&A Lawyer . Subscribe now to get timely, in-depth coverage of Mergers and Acquisitions legal news. The market intelligence agency Mlex has reported that Goldman Sachs ("GS") has received a "statement of ...

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    • Non-Compete Agreements Protect Competitive Edge, TOO
      A recent column about preventing trade secret theft in today's competitive business environment focused on drafting and enforcing agreements not to disclose confidential information. Another tool available for protecting trade secrets is the ...

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    • Noncompete Agreements
      In Moores Pump and Supply, Inc. v. Laneaux, 727 So.2d 695 (La. App. 3d Cir. 1999), the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a preliminary injunction against a former employee of Moores Pump and Supply, Inc. (Moores). The former employee ...

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    • Physician Non-Compete Agreements, June 1999
      We wanted to let you know about an important recent decision by the Arizona Supreme Court concerning the enforcement of non-compete agreements. that use such agreements with their physician employees and shareholders. In Valley Medical Specialists ...

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    • Reflections on Credit Card Practices and Legislative Reform Proposals
      The growth in consumer use of credit cards over the past three decades has transformed the American economy, placing in consumers' hands one of the most powerful financial innovations since the dawn of money itself. Credit cards have transformed the ...

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