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
    • Executive Summary Of The Antitrust Laws

      The scope of federal antitrust regulation is all-pervasive, with virtually every business of significance falling within its reach. With the notorious exception of the Robinson-Patman Act, the relevant statutory provisions are deceptively simple. Here is an executive summary of antitrust laws.

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    • Antitrust Aspects of Drafting Distributor Agreements

      Business lawyers are regularly called on to draft or review agreements for the sale of products from a manufacturer to wholesalers or retailers. Manufacturers as well as distributors often desire to restrict the manner in which resales are made. Learn more about antitrust aspects of drafting distributor agreements in this article.

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    • Background Checks: Beware!

      Hiring mistakes can be expensive; so can giving sensitive responsibilities to existing employees. As a result, many companies have begun to conduct, or expand, the background searches. Learn more about background checks here.

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    • Non Compete Agreements In Iowa

      The Supreme Court of Iowa has established a three-factor test for the validity of covenants not to compete. Learn more about non compete agreement in Iowa in this article.

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    • 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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    • Enforceability of Non-Compete and other Restrictive Covenants In Employment Agreements

      Many employers utilize employment contracts which contain restricted convenants in order to protect their legitimate interests in their customers and proprietary business information.

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