Delaware. Statutory Language

Delaware Statute 9-17
6 D
. §§ 2101-2114
§ 2101. Purpose; legislative intent
The purpose of this chapter shall be to promote the public benefits of a competitive
economic environment based upon free enterprise. It is the intent of the General
Assembly to promote efficiency in business operations, an equitable return on capital
investments, an efficient allocation of goods and services and freedom of economic
opportunity. (62 Del. Laws, c. 89, § 1.)
§ 2102. Definitions
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the
meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a
different meaning:
(1) “Court” means the Court of Chancery except where another court is
specifically designated.
(2) “Documentary material” means the original or any copy of any book, record,
report, memorandum, paper, communication, tabulation, chart or other document, and
further includes data and other information in a form readable by a data processing
(3) “Public body” means the state’s public agencies, including school districts,
and its political subdivisions, including municipal and other authorities.
(4) “Trade or commerce of this State” means all economic activity carried on
wholly or partially in this State, which involves or relates to any commodity, service or
business activity. (62 Del. Laws, c. 89, § 1.)
§ 2103. Restraint of trade unlawful
Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in
restraint of trade or commerce of this State shall be unlawful. (62 Del. Laws, c. 89, § 1.)
§ 2104. Exemptions
(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to forbid the existence or operation
of labor, agricultural or horticultural organizations, instituted for the purposes of mutual
help, and not having capital stock or conducted for profit, or to forbid or restrain
individual members of such organizations from lawfully carrying out the legitimate
objects thereof; nor shall such organizations or the members thereof be held or construed
to be illegal combinations or agreements in restraint of trade under this chapter.

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