Antitrust & Associations: Two Association Related Output Restriction Cases – One Settling (Doctors), the Other Starting Up (Eggs)* On my media sweep earlier, two interesting trade association cases caught my eye, both including allegations of “output restriction” or “boycott” type activities. In one case, involving the Irish Medical Organisation (“IMO”), the Irish Competition Authority (the “Competition Authority”) announced that the IMO had provided undertakings (i.e., settlement terms) in an ongoing case that had raised collective refusal to supply (i.e., boycott) concerns for the Competition Authority. In particular, this case had involved alleged efforts by a medical association and its competing members to collectively refuse to participate in certain publicly
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