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Overview of Antitrust
Antitrust law concerns the regulation of certain business practices that result in lower levels of competition among businesses in the market. A lower level of competition in a given market is generally understood to be detrimental to consumer interests. It can cause higher prices and shortages in supply or availability of products. This chapter introduces antitrust law and the primary federal statutes providing consumer protections. It then examines the various types of conduct or situations that are deemed illegal under these laws.