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. Balderson Law PLLC’s principal 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.