The Attorney General of Texas is charged with investigating and prosecuting violations of the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act or of the federal antitrust statutes which prohibit anti-competitive conduct. If antitrust violations are detected, the Antitrust Section within the Consumer Protection Division can file suit in federal or state court. We can represent the state as well as state agencies and other political subdivisions in these legal actions and, although the attorney general cannot represent individual consumers directly, many of our settlements provide restitution for individual consumers.
Conduct that may be investigated by the agency includes illegal behavior by a monopolist and antitrust conspiracies, such as price fixing, bid-rigging and territorial or customer allocation. In addition, the section conducts merger reviews to determine if a proposed combination will substantially lessen competition. Investigations can be local, regional or national in scope and often are joint investigations with either the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and/or one or more state attorneys general.
If you are a business or a consumer who believes a person or business has engaged in anticompetitive behavior, please contact the Texas Attorney General's Antitrust Section at (512) 463-1542. Please understand that we are prohibited by law from providing legal representation, legal counsel, interpretation or explanations of the law to private individuals and organizations.
Detection and prosecution of antitrust violations involving bids to public entities is an important focus of the section. To assist public purchasers in recognizing potential bid-rigging schemes and other antitrust violations, the Office of the Attorney General provides a 50-minute presentation, The Public Purchaser's Guide to Antitrust, upon request. If you are interested in this presentation, which is approved for continuing education certification hours, contact the section at (512) 463-1265 to schedule.