Texas Statute 47-56
§ 15.04. Purpose and construction
The purpose of this Act is to maintain and promote economic competition in
trade and commerce occurring wholly or partly within the State of Texas and to
provide the benefits of that competition to consumers in the state. The provisions of
this Act shall be construed to accomplish this purpose and shall be construed in
harmony with federal judicial interpretations of comparable federal antitrust statutes
to the extent consistent with this purpose.
§ 15.05. Unlawful practices
(a) Every contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of trade or
commerce is unlawful.
(b) It is unlawful for any person to monopolize, attempt to monopolize, or
conspire to monopolize any part of trade or commerce.
(c) It is unlawful for any person to sell, lease, or contract for the sale or lease
of any goods, whether patented or unpatented, for use, consumption, or resale or to
fix a price for such use, consumption, or resale or to discount from or rebate upon
such price, on the condition, agreement, or understanding that the purchaser or lessee
shall not use or deal in the goods of a competitor or competitors of the seller or
lessor, where the effect of the condition, agreement, or understanding may be to
lessen competition substantially in any line of trade or commerce.
(d) It is unlawful for any person to acquire, directly or indirectly, the whole or
any part of the stock or other share capital or the assets of any other person or
persons, where the effect of such acquisition may be to lessen competition
substantially in any line of trade or commerce.
This subsection shall not be construed:
(1) to prohibit the purchase of stock or other share capital of another
person where the purchase is made solely for investment and does not confer control
of that person in a manner that could substantially lessen competition;
(2) to prevent a corporation from forming subsidiary or parent
corporations for the purpose of conducting its immediately lawful business, or any
natural and legitimate branch extensions of such business, or from owning and
holding all or a part of the stock or other share capital of a subsidiary, or transferring
all or part of its stock or other share capital to be owned and held by a parent, where
the effect of such a transaction is not to lessen competition substantially;
(3) to affect or impair any right previously legally acquired; or
(4) to apply to transactions duly consummated pursuant to authority
given by any statute of this state or of the United States or pursuant to authority or
approval given by any regulatory agency of this state or of the United States under
any constitutional or statutory provisions vesting the agency with such power.
(e) It is unlawful for an employer and a labor union or other organization to
agree or combine so that:
(1) a person is denied the right to work for an employer because of
membership or nonmembership in the labor union or other organization; or