Group activities of competitors, such as trade associations, are inherently suspect under the antitrust laws as they are often a conduit for price-fixing. Trade associations and their members should be careful to avoid sharing price or price-related information with a trade association or other trade association members unless cleared with their attorneys.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Failing to understand the holiday spirit, the Danish Christmas Tree Growers Association allegedly fixed the prices of its Nordmann firs, reported the BBC and NYT, and reported here. Prices rose about 25 percent this season after the tree-growers association sent price guidelines to its members despite warnings from Denmark's competition authority in 2001 and 2005 not to do so.