January 30, 2013
Given that I do a lot of work in the area of competition/antitrust law and trade and professional associations, this upcoming webinar being hosted by Strafford entitled Antitrust Pitfalls for Trade Associations and Members caught my eye.
While there are differences between the application of competition law to associations in Canada under the Competition Act and in the U.S. under the Sherman Act and state laws, many of the principles are the same. From Strafford:
“This CLE webinar will prepare counsel to and members of trade associations to minimize the risks of antitrust liability. The panel will explain recent guidance from the FTC and other federal agencies and outline clear antitrust compliance measures for associations and their members.
Successful antitrust suits can be catastrophic for businesses. Defendants may be liable for millions of dollars in civil forfeitures, triple damages to individual plaintiffs, enormous attorneys’ fees, and even criminal sanctions.
In trade associations, competitors communicate and collaborate. However, associations and members must avoid even the appearance of anticompetitive intent in all activities to ensure they don’t violate antitrust laws and regulations.
Recent cases offer critical guidance on antitrust compliance for trade associations and their members. Trade associations must have clear compliance programs to prevent conduct that would facilitate competitors coordinating on pricing or competition.
Listen as our panel of experienced antitrust practitioners examines the antitrust pitfalls for trade associations and their members, discusses lessons from recent anticompetitive conduct enforcement actions, and offers guidance for minimizing the risk of antitrust violation.”
For more information and registration details see: Strafford – Antitrust Pitfalls for Trade Associations and Members
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