Thursday, May 14, 2009
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
The ABA Antitrust Section has put out Antitrust and Associations.
BOOK ABSTRACT: Handbook Significant segments of American business and professions are represented by trade and professional associations. But association activities raise potential antitrust risks and their exposure to antitrust challenge has increased proportionately. This Handbook helps association counsel and executives help to understand the antitrust issues associated with association activities and minimize their risk. It begins with a discussion of basic antitrust principles and the system of public and private remedies for violations, before turning to more detailed treatment of the analytical framework applicable to collaborative activities involving competitors. Subsequent chapters provide in-depth discussion of problems that are routinely encountered by practitioners counseling trade associations, including membership criteria and expulsion, information collection and dissemination, industry codes of ethics, standards development, and joint petitioning of the government. This book serves as a general and accessible guide to the application of U.S. federal and state antitrust laws to the activities of trade and professional associations and should be an invaluable single-volume resource for anyone advising trade associations.