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.