Antitrust

The Consumer Protection Division is responsible for enforcing Maine's "monopolies and profiteering" (or antitrust) law. Maine antitrust law prohibits conspiracies in restraint of trade (e.g. price fixing), monopolization offenses, and mergers that may substantially lessen competition. We investigate potentially anticompetitive conduct within and outside the state which has or could harm Maine consumers and bring actions in state and federal court to enforce the state's antitrust law, and to bring claims on behalf of the state and consumers.

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If you have any information you think we should know about, please send a complaint to:

Office of the Attorney General

Consumer Protection Division
6 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0006
207-626-8849 or 800-436-2131 (ME only)

Please remember to include an address and telephone number so that we may contact you if we need further information.

Antitrust Law

Maine law

Federal law

This chapter includes among other statutory provisions the Sherman Act, comprising sections 1 to 7 of this title, the Clayton Act, comprising sections 12, 13, 14 to 19, 20, 21, and 22 to 27 of this title and sections 52 and 53 of Title 29, Labor, the Wilson Tariff Act, comprising sections 8 and 9 of this title, the Robinson-Patman Price Discrimination Act, comprising sections 13,13a, 13b and 21a of this title, the ''Expediting Act,'' sections 28 and 29 of this title, and the ''Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976,'' comprising sections 15c to 15h, 18a and 66 of this title.

Antitrust in the Oil and Gas Industry

Maine law requires 30 days-advance notice to the Attorney General prior to acquiring retail gasoline or heating oil assets.

The Maine Atty. Gen. does not monitor gasoline or heating oil prices. The Federal Trade Commission does monitor gasoline and diesel prices across the nation. When price increases do not appear to result from market-driven causes, the FTC alerts the appropriate state Attorney General

Maine's Petroleum Market Share Act requires wholesale suppliers of home heating oil and motor fuel oil to provide annual reports to the Attorney General of gallons sold to retailers and end users. See 10 M.R.S. sec. 1673. The act also requires the Attorney General to compile and post the aggregate data reported. See latest PMSA data here.

Helpful Antitrust Links

Antitrust Reports