Trade Association Antitrust

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Because most trade associations involve joint activities of industry competitors, they face unique antitrust law challenges and require affirmative measures to minimize risk. We regularly counsel our trade association clients in the following antitrust areas:

  • Meeting monitoring
  • Industry standards and codes of ethics
  • Buying group formation and operation
  • Surveys and benchmarking
  • Membership criteria (and risks related to membership restrictions)
  • Trade show access (and risks of excluding competitors)
  • Credentialing and accreditation
  • Responses to requests for information by state and federal enforcement agencies and private antitrust litigants
  • Compliance programs and training