Massachusetts. Statutory Language

Massachusetts Statute 24-29
. ch. 93, §§ 1 to 14D
§ 1. Short title; purpose
Sections one to fourteen A, inclusive, shall be known, and may be cited, as the
“Massachusetts Antitrust Act”. It is the purpose of this chapter to encourage free and
open competition in the interests of the general welfare and economy by prohibiting
unreasonable restraints of trade and monopolistic practices in the commonwealth.
This chapter shall be construed in harmony with judicial interpretations of
comparable federal antitrust statutes insofar as practicable.
§ 2. Definitions
For purpose of this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the
following meanings:
“Attorney general”, the attorney general of the commonwealth and individuals
designated by him in writing to act on his behalf in carrying out the purposes of this
“Demand”, a civil investigative demand issued pursuant to section eight of this
“Natural person”, not proprietorships, partnerships or any commercial entity.
“New England”, the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
“Person”, natural persons, corporations and other legal entities.
“Trade or commerce”, the advertising, offering for sale, rent or lease, or the sale,
rent, lease, furnishing or distribution of any service or any article, commodity or
property, tangible or intangible, which directly and substantially affects the people of
the commonwealth; provided, however, that trade or commerce shall not include the
conveyance, transfer or use of real property.
“Trade secrets”, anything which constitutes, represents, evidences, or records
secret or confidential scientific, technical, merchandising, production, management
or commercial information.
§ 3. Jurisdiction
Nothing in the Massachusetts Antitrust Act, hereinafter referred to as the Act,
shall apply to any course of conduct, pattern of activity, or activities unless they
occur and have their competitive impact primarily and predominantly within the
commonwealth and at most, only incidentally outside New England, or any course of
conduct, pattern of activity, or activities which are the subject of a formal
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investigation, proceeding or other assertion of federal jurisdiction by the Federal
Trade Commission, the United States Department of Justice or other federal agency.
For purposes of the Act, the burden of establishing jurisdiction shall be upon the
party asserting such jurisdiction with respect to any course of conduct, pattern of
activity, or activities of any person of whose gross revenue at least ten per cent is
derived from transactions involving interstate commerce outside of New England; as
to any course of conduct, pattern of activity or activities of all other persons, the
party asserting lack of jurisdiction under this chapter shall have the burden of
establishing same.
§ 4. Restraint of trade or commerce
Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in
restraint of trade or commerce in the commonwealth shall be unlawful.
§ 5. Monopolies
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to monopolize, or attempt to
monopolize or combine or conspire with any other person or persons to monopolize
any part of trade or commerce in the commonwealth.
§ 6. Discouraging competition
It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in trade or commerce, in the course
thereof, to lease or make a sale or contract for sale of goods, wares, merchandise,
machinery, supplies or other commodities, patented or unpatented, for use,
consumption or resale in the commonwealth, or fix a price charged therefor, or
discount from, or rebate upon, such price on the condition, agreement or
understanding that the lessee or purchaser thereof shall not use or deal in the goods,
wares, merchandise, machinery, supplies or other commodities of a competitor or
competitors of the lessor or seller, where the effect of such lease, sale or contract for
sale or such condition, agreement or understanding may be to lessen substantially
competition or tend to create a monopoly in any line of trade or commerce in the
§ 7. Exemptions
No provision of this Act shall apply to (a) Any activities which are exempt from
any of the federal antitrust laws or the Federal Trade Commission Act other than by
reason of the absence of a sufficient involvement of or impact upon interstate
commerce; (b) Any activities which are subject to regulation or supervision by state
or federal agencies; or (c) Any activities authorized or approved under federal, state
or local law.

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