The National Association of Attorneys General was founded in 1907 initially to create a forum for state attorneys general to discuss a common approach to antitrust issues related to the Standard Oil Company. Since then, antitrust efforts have consistently been a core aspect of the attorney general’s role.

Antitrust laws are based on the proposition that strong competition among different firms is best for the economy as a whole and results in the best prices and quality for consumers. In addition to federal statutes, including the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 and the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, almost every state has similar laws that prohibit price-fixing and monopolization. Attorneys general have the ability to enforce both federal and state antitrust laws on behalf of the state and its citizens, both individually and as part of a multistate group.

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In addition to attorneys general, the following entities also enforce antitrust laws and cooperate with attorneys general on various cases:

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Emily Myers
NAAG Antitrust Counsel
emyers@naag.org

State Antitrust Litigation and Settlement Database

NAAG has created the State Antitrust Litigation Database to provide a single source for all antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general, to give a complete view of the state attorney general role in antitrust enforcement, and provide factual background and empirical evidence about how state attorneys general enforce state and federal antitrust laws.

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AGs Submit Comments to FTC for Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

Forty-three state and territory attorneys general submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.

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