On July 14, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the launch of a new online resource, the FTC Guide to the Antitrust Laws. This resource, written in layman’s terms summarizes the core laws that ban unfair business practices and prevent mergers that harm consumers, and explains how antitrust cases are brought by U.S., State, and international authorities, as well as private parties. Antitrust rules are categorized into four sections: Dealings with Competitors, Dealings in the Supply Chain, Single Farm Conduct, and Mergers.
The guide uses previous cases and other guidance documents created by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide examples of antitrust violations and to help businesses comply with antitrust regulations. Each case is linked to the guide for easy reference. You can find this guide at the following link: http://www.ftc.gov/bc/antitrust/index.shtm.