The general anti-trust law for the state of California is the Cartwright Act. Under this law it is illegal for two or more people or businesses to act together in order to:

  • Restrict trade
  • Reduce production
  • Increase prices
  • Reduce competition
  • Fix prices
  • Agree not to sell a particular commodity
  • Agree not to deal in the goods of a competitor
  • Tie contracts (where a buyer seeking one product or service must also buy a second product or service tied to the original product or service)

What Are the Penalties for Violating the Cartwright Act?

Under the Cartwright Act, any unreasonable restraint on competition is a violation of anti-trust law on its face. Violators of the California Cartwright Act can be prosecuted criminally. Punishments include fines and imprisonment. Additionally, a court may order injunctive relief, and order a violator to cease all illegal activity. Injured parties may also recover attorney’s fees.

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Cartwright Act Problem?

Antitrust and Unfair Competition law is a very complicated area of the law. An experienced business lawyer can help guide you through the legal process and make sure all of your rights are protected.