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California Antitrust Laws

Antitrust laws are meant to foster competition and job growth by limiting any one company's control of a given market and artificially inflating prices. Most antitrust laws were passed after a handful of powerful monopolies squashed competition and stifled economic growth in the last nineteenth century. Antitrust cases usually are handled by the federal government, particularly since they typically involve interstate commerce, but states also play a role. California antitrust laws allow private lawsuits against defendant businesses, as long as claims are brought within four years.

The basics of California antitrust laws are summarized below. Check out FindLaw's Small Business Law center to learn more about business regulations.

Antitrust Code Section Bus. & Prof. §16700, et seq.
Is a Private Lawsuit Possible? Yes; attorney general may bring action on behalf of state 16750(a)+(c)
Time Limit to Bring Claim 4 yrs., 16750.1
Can a Successful Plaintiff Recover Attorneys' Fees? Yes, 16750(a)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a California antitrust attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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