Keep Calm and…


The typical law partnership provides perhaps the most familiar example [of agreement on prices and markets]. A law firm is composed of lawyers who could compete with one another, but who have instead eliminated rivalry and integrated their activities in the interest of more effective operation. Not only are partners and associates frequently forbidden to take legal business on their own …, but the law firm operates on the basis of both price-fixing and market-division agreements. The partners agree upon the fees to be charged for each member’s and associate’s servicse (which is price fixing) and usually operate on a tacit, if not explicit, understanding about fields of specialization and primary responsibility for particular clients (both of which are instances of market division)” The Antitrust Paradox, 1978, p.265.

Antitrust Quotes

“From search and books to online TV and operating systems, antitrust affects our daily digital lives in more ways than we think.” (Marvin Ammori)

“This law….defines te limits of competition in the community of life. You may compete to the full extent of your capabilities, but you may not hunt down your competitors or destroy their food or deny them access to food. In other words, you may compete but you may not wage war”. (Daniel Quinn)

“This antitrust thing will blow over.” (Bill Gates)

“The standard formulation on remedy is that it ought to cure past violations and prevent their recurrence. That’s what antitrust is all about.” (Charles James)

“The legislation is not aimed at protecting one party to the agreement against stipulations which may be oppressive and unfair as between him and the others; it is aimed at protecting the public interest in free competition.” (R. v. Container Materials Ltd.)

“Competition is good for consumers for the simple reason that it compels producers to offer better deals – lower prices, better quality, new products, and more choice.” (Sir John Vickers, former Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, U.K.)


Chillin’Competition Memes Competition

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Over the last week, one of my coworkers was selling chocolate bars to raise money for after-school activities for her kids. On Friday, someone else in the office gave Halloween candy to everyone. I suggested to the original coworker that she should file an anti-trust complaint on the latter; the practice of “dumping” these products on the market below cost has eroded her market share and caused irreparable loss by reducing her profits at a high-demand time of year.




And more

As U.S. Attorney General Gonzales Confidentially Reports, There Is Nothing Funny About Antitrust

Antitrust in Pop Culture

Published by @Zampa&Marta

Italian qualified lawyer specialised in EU Competition law, privacy and e-discovery. The blog’s purpose is educational and informational only.  This blog does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. All statement and opinions I express in this blog are solely mine. The posts may include links to other blogs or publications operated and maintained by third parties. I include these links for your convenience, and the presence of such links does not imply a responsibility for the linked site nor an endorsement of the linked site, its operators or its content. Avvocato italiano specializzato in diritto della concorrenza europeo e in e-discovery. Questo blog ha un contenuto educativo e informativo. Il blog non può essere considerato contenente consigli legali, né creante un rapporto cliente-avvocato. Le affermazioni e le opinioni che esprimo sono solo le mie. I post possono includere link verso altri blog o pubblicazioni operate e mantenuti da soggetti terzi. I link sono inclusi per comodità del lettore e la loro presenza non implica una responsabilità per il sito richiamato, né un appoggio al sito richiamato, al suo operatore o al suo contenuto.

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