Most businesses have the opportunity to join trade associations, which often provide invaluable benefits to their members. These associations, however — particularly those comprised of competitors — must be extremely careful to avoid violating various federal and state antitrust laws. Tasker & Balderson PLLC has extensive experience representing trade associations and assisting them with antitrust compliance. Typical services include:
- Reviewing survey data, including cost, price, salary, wage, benefit, and other information;
- Reviewing written materials distributed to the members;
- Participating in steering-committee meetings; and
- Reviewing meeting agendas, attending meetings, giving a plain-English antitrust presentation to the members, monitoring speakers’ presentations, monitoring members’ roundtable questions and discussions, and providing ad hoc advice.