Trade Associations: Collaboration, Conspiracy and Invitations to Collude Generally, the US courts, as well as the two US antitrust enforcement agencies, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (together, 'the Agencies'), view the conduct of trade associations and their members as pro-competitive or competitively neutral. 1 Trade associations can perform difficult information gathering, set useful standards that would otherwise elude an industry, petition governments and inform the legislative and legal process. Because trade associations provide forums for competitors to communicate and to interact openly, to collaborate, to exchange information and to set standards, among…
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