The authority to enforce antitrust laws is shared between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The FTC can file antirust lawsuits in either federal court, or in an administrative hearing. Only the DOJ can bring charges under the Sherman Act, the main antitrust law. Also, under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, state attorney generals can file antitrust lawsuits in state or federal court.
Penalties for violating antitrust laws include criminal and civil penalties:
Antitrust laws are complex and the penalty for violating them can be severe. If you have an antitrust law problem, speak with a business attorney experienced in that area of law. A business attorney can guide you through complicated antitrust laws and assist you if you need to defend yourself in court.
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