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Antitrust Law: Primary Sources

A Guide to the Laws and Decisions which Restrict Restraint on Trade

Antitrust Primary Sources

Contained below are links to the acts and regulations that govern antitrust, as well as this guide's recommendation for the best service to research primary sources.


The Sherman Antitrust Act

The first of the antitrust acts, the Sherman Act covers monopolies and combinations in restraint of trade. It is codified by title 15 of the U.S. Code, sections 1-7.


The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914

The Clayton Act is the second antitrust act. It is codified by title 15 of the U.S. Code, sections 12-27, and title 29 of the U.S. Code, sections 52-53.


The Robinson-Patman Act of 1913

Included in the range of statutes which make up the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Act is specially recognized as the anti-price discrimination act. It is codified in title 15 of the U.S. Code, section 15.


The Federal Trade Commission Act

This act established the Federal Trade Commission which enforced the antitrust and trade regulation. It is codified in title 15 of the U.S. code, section 41. The scope of its power it detailed on this site. 



The Trade Commissions Rules and Regulations

Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains all of the rules are regulations that the Federal Trade Commission has administered.

Online Services

While is the best service for legal research? One of the kingpins: Westlaw, LexisNexis, or Bloomberg? Or can the work be done for free using services like Google Scholar? For the lawyer particularly invested in antitrust, this may be a important question, as it could decide which service she subscribes to. Alternatively, it's an important question for the law student, with access to many services, who is looking for the right place to start. Provided here is an analysis of the various services, and this guide's recommendation.

Antitrust is a pillar of the law, and therefore all of the legal services pay tribute to it. Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg all allow you to navigate from [practice areas] to [antitrust] where you can find a collection of primary sources and statutes. Westlaw is superior to Bloomberg, because unlike Bloomberg it organizes the statutes into the act they belong to; however, LexisNexis is superior to both Westlaw and Bloomberg. LexisNexis offers an advanced search function within its antitrust statutes that allows you to sort laws by both date and subject matter. This function is useful for the research looking for the answer to a specific problem, rather than trying to learn about antitrust in general. This search function makes LexisNexis superior to free services, such as Google Scholar, as well.  Antitrust law is so vast that it will be extremely difficult to navigate without a search function similar to that of LexisNexis.