Anti-Trust and Restraint of Trade Policy
By its nature, ASLA membership is comprised of competitors, or potential competitors, that share common interests and seek solutions to common problems. ASLA conferences, meetings, chapter functions, and listservs provide members with opportunities to discuss a variety of business practices and conditions within their industries and professions.
ASLA strictly prohibits any discussions or actions among its trustees, volunteers, members, employees, and/or representatives that may have the effect of improperly restraining trade and competition in the marketplace in violation of applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Accordingly, it is ASLA’s policy to prohibit the following:
1. Any discussions, understandings, or arrangements (either express or implied) about setting or fixing prices that will be charged for goods or services, or engaging in discriminatory pricing practices. Improper price discussions include agreements and understandings not only on the prices themselves, but also on price-related issues, such as discounts, credit terms, surcharges, mark-ups, etc.
2. Any discussions, understandings, or arrangements (either express or implied) designed to injure a competitor or squeeze it from the market. This includes collective action to refuse to deal with a company or boycott its goods or services.
3. Any discussions, understandings, or arrangements (either express or implied) regarding the division or segregation of markets. This includes agreements and understandings to refrain from competing or advertising in certain markets to narrow the choices available to the consumer and unlawfully stifle competition.
4. Any discussions, understandings, or arrangements (either express or implied) that unreasonably restrain trade, stifle competition, involve unfair business practices or unlawful conspiracies, or otherwise violate applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Any person that becomes aware of activities in violation of this policy should promptly report the matter to ASLA’s Executive Vice President.
ASLA Administrative Policy: 2006, R2016