Antitrust Law Research Guide
This treatise finder points researchers to the preeminent treatises and study aids on antitrust and trade law in print and electronic formats.
This research guide is intended as a starting point for research in the area of U.S. antitrust law. While not comprehensive, it provides a listing of the most important, current, and relevant materials available in this subject area. The guide includes both primary and secondary sources, in both print and electronic formats. This guide does not cover foreign or international antitrust law, but the Law Library does have a separate Foreign & International Antitrust Law Research Guide.
The following are some significant, highly regarded secondary sources which cover antitrust law. They are excellent places to begin your research, especially if you are new to this area of law.
- Federal Antitrust Policy: The Law of Competition and its Practice (West Hornbook) KF1649 .H68 2005
"Nearly all of the aspects of federal antitrust policy are covered in this treatise. And it's written so you don't need a background in economics to understand it. Expert narration states the "black letter" law and presents policy arguments for alternatives. Text also includes an analysis of recent Supreme Court and lower-court decisions."
- Antitrust Law: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles & Their Application (Areeda & Hovenkamp) KF1649 .A7 (3rd ed., 2006 - )
This is a nineteen-volume looseleaf publication which includes in-depth examinations of thousands of cases. Updated with supplements and revisions. Appendices include reprints of selected statutes and antitrust guidelines.
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report (Bloomberg BNA) KF1649.A1 B8 (1961 - 2008, subscription cancelled)
Federal, state, and international coverage of competition and deceptive trade practices law. Covers legislation and regulations of the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Dept. of Justice, and the Supreme Court. Updated weekly.
Primary Law Resources
- Federal Antitrust & Trade Regulation - Federal Cases
Cases from all federal courts "that relate to the promotion of competition, the prevention of monopoly, and the regulation of domestic trade and commerce. Coverage begins with 1789." (From Westlaw database description.)
- Trade Cases KF1605.A2 C6 (1932 - 2006)
"Texts of decisions rendered by Federal and State courts throughout the United States in cases involving antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, and other trade regulation law problems, with table of cases and topical indexes."
- Westlaw: CCH Trade Cases Archives (1932 - Current)
- Westlaw: CCH Trade Cases Archives (1932 - Current)
There are three principal statutes dealing with antitrust laws at the federal level. They are the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act. All three have been codified in Title 15 of the United States Code.
For information about versions of the U.S. Code and conducting statutory research generally, please see our Finding Statutes research guide.
While most of U.S. antitrust law is federal, there are significant elements covered by state law. Researchers should consult the statutory codes of individual jurisdictions. Please see our state law research guides for the sources and organization of state law.
Federal administrative regulations concerning antitrust laws can be found in several titles of the Code of Federal Regulations. While many of these regulations appear in Title 15: Commerce and Foreign Trade, a comprehensive review of antitrust rules requires consulting multiple titles.
For information on the Code of Federal Regulations and administrative law research generally, please see our Administrative Law Research Guide.
- Antitrust Law: An Analysis of Antitrust Principles and Their Application KF1649 .A7 2006 (3rd ed., 2006 - )
Updated antitrust law looseleaf. Includes in-depth examinations of thousands of cases.
- Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulation KF1645 .V6 (2000 - 2008)
Treatise on antitrust law. Includes analysis of antitrust violation, discussion of antitrust issues affecting specific industries, citations to cases, regulatory analysis, and analysis of antitrust laws from each state and internationally. (Updated with looseleaf supplements).
- State Antitrust Practice and Statutes KF1650 .S73 2014 (5th ed., 2014)
Overview of antitrust laws in all 50 states. Three volume treatise published by the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law.
- Antitrust Bulletin K1 .N7 (1955 - 2010, subscription cancelled)
- Antitrust Law & Economics Review K1 .N79 (1967 - 2009, title ceased)
- Antitrust Law Journal K1 .N8 (1967 - )
Looseleaf Services & Current Awareness
- Westlaw Journal Antitrust (formerly Andrews Antitrust Litigation Reporter)(1996 - )
"Comprehensive coverage of significant litigation brought under federal and state antitrust statutes, including appellate briefings and trial court motion practice." (From Westlaw database description.)
- Antitrust K1 .N69 (1986 - )
Magazine published by the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association.
- Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog
Part of the Law Professor Blogs Network, this blog is edited by faculty from the University of Florida and University of Wisconsin.
- Antitrust Law Developments KF1649 .A743 2007 (6th ed., 2007)
Updated with annual supplements, this two-volume work reports on recent cases, statutes, and regulations. Published by the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law.
- FTC Watch KF1602 .F18 (2001 - )
Published every two weeks, this newsletter covers more than just the Federal Trade Commission. It also follows the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice, state governments, and proposed legislation.
- Trade Regulation Reporter (CCH) KF1606.5 .C8(1965 - 2008)
This is a comprehensive looseleaf service which covers all significant developments in antitrust law and policy, including both analysis and primary sources.
- Online version (1993 - )
- Antitrust Law & Economics in a Nutshell KF1652 .G44 ( 5th ed., 2004)
This study aid provides an introduction to the concepts and principles of antitrust law. In addition to discussions of the common law roots of antitrust law and current statutory authority, this nutshell includes chapters devoted to the relevant economic theories and specific applications of antitrust law, such as in mergers. A table of cases and a statutory appendix are also included.
- The Law of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook KF1649 .S92 2006 (2nd ed., 2006)
Part of the West Hornbook Series, this single-volume treatise has a broad scope which covers all major issues in antitrust law, but includes much more detail and analysis than the other study aids on this list. Includes a table of cases and an appendix devoted to researching antitrust law.
- Understanding Antitrust and its Economic Implications KF1649 .S89 2008 (5th ed., 2009)
A concise, general explanation of major antitrust concepts, written for law students.
Professional Organizations & Associations
- American Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law
Web site for the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association promotes education in the justice system and works to increase the public's understanding of the law and legal profession.
Government Agencies, Think-Tanks, & Advocacy Groups
- American Antitrust Institute
The American Antitrust Institute is an independent Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization. Its mission is to "increase the role of competition, assure that competition works in the interests of consumers, and challenge abuses of concentrated economic power in the American and world economy."
- Federal Trade Commission, Antitrust Resources
"The FTC's antitrust arm, the Bureau of Competition, seeks to prevent business practices that restrain competition." Contains various public documents including: Commission and Staff Advisory Opinions, Commission Advisory Opinions and Staff Opinion Letters.
- U.S. Department of Justice - Antitrust Division
"The Department of Justice Antitrust Division promotes and protects the competitive process through the enforcement of antitrust laws. Their web site contains the latest antitrust information including public documents and antitrust case filings since December, 1994."
Sources for Statistics in the Area or Subject
There are a number of sources that contain statistics relating to antitrust law and policy, but few devoted exclusively to the subject. The Department of Justice's Antirust Division makes available a number of reports and other documents, many of which contain statistical data. The Federal Trade Commission also makes some reports available.
There are also some general statistics sources that may contain data related to antitrust law. Proquest Statistical Insight, for example, contains several data tables related to antirust.
These are only a few of the potential sources for antitrust statistics. For a comprehensive list of statistical sources and advice on conducting statistical research, please see our Statistics & Empirical Legal Studies Research Guide.
Subject headings and call number ranges
Antitrust materials in the Georgetown Law Library can generally be found under the following subject headings and call number ranges:
- Subject Headings:
- Antitrust Law
- Antitrust Law -- Economic Aspects -- United States
- Antitrust Law -- Periodicals
- Antitrust Law -- United States
- Call Numbers:
Other relevant research guides
- Foreign & International Antitrust Law Research Guide
Georgetown Law Library research guide designed to assist with researching foreign and international antitrust issue
Updated 10/14 (CPW)
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