Spotlight on Antitrust



It has been well over a century since enactment of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. That was the first serious effort to deal with a “contract, combination . . . or conspiracy to restrain commerce” which amounts to an “unreasonable restraint on trade or commerce.” The concern then was principally concentration in oil and gas, livestock slaughter, railroads and a few other areas. Antitrust law was an important government feature in the decades to follow. However, the change of attitude with the election of 1980 resulted in a significant down playing of the role antitrust would be playing in the years to come. The result was a shifting away from the activist role played by the federal government since 1890.


How to Cite: Harl, N. A. (2018) “Spotlight on Antitrust”, Agricultural Law Digest. 29(5).