The Penalties for Violating Antitrust Laws
The penalties for violating the antitrust laws are severe.
On the criminal side, violating the antitrust laws can be a felony offense. Individuals involved in some antitrust violations can, and do, go to jail. In addition to imprisonment, criminal prosecutions for antitrust violations can result in severe financial penalties for companies and individuals.
On the civil side, the costs of defending a private antitrust class action can run into the millions of dollars, depending on the size of the case, not to mention the amounts of settlements or trial verdicts, where plaintiffs can seek to recover triple their actual damages as well as their attorneys’ fees.