Antitrust violations are prosecuted by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division primarily under the main federal antitrust statute, the Sherman Antitrust Act. A later-enacted amendment to the Sherman Act, known as the Clayton Act, mandated further civil provisions prohibiting additional anti competitive conduct. The Sherman Act outlaws collusive business agreements that unreasonably restrain competition, while the Clayton Act broadens the scope of antitrust legislation to include anti-competitive individual business activity such as price discrimination. Violations are enforced primarily by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission plays an important role in antitrust prosecutions as well. The federal antitrust statutes are large and complex, and can be difficult to defend against without the assistance of a veteran attorney in this area of law. If you have been charged with a criminal violation of the federal antitrust statutes, contact the experts at Parkman White, LLP today for a free consultation.