Antitrust & Associations: Collective Refusals to Supply – What’s the Deal* Well summer is here and I have to admit that my blog output has slowed a bit (and likely will through the summer). Nevertheless, on my daily media and competition authorities sweep earlier I read what I thought was a rather interesting note by the Irish Competition Authority on collective action by voluntary trade associations: What’s the story … with the IMO representing their members?. This plain language note, in the context of a settlement with the Irish Medical Organisation, set out I thought very well an issue that commonly arises in voluntary trade associations – namely, when can an association and its members collectively refuse to supply goods or services? When voluntary trade associations step into
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