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Antitrust laws in Texas

A capitalist market must be competitive and free if it is to thrive and grow, and consumers in Texas are protected from the unfair practices of monopolies and cartels by both federal and state laws. These laws are usually referred to as antitrust laws as they were passed to curb the anti-competitive business practices of large corporations called trusts. Trusts usually lack serious competition, and this is rarely good for consumers or the economy.

Texas farmers involved in lawsuit against Syngenta

A woman from Texas has filed a lawsuit against the Swiss agricultural corporation Syngenta. She is one of more than 1,300 farmers who have filed suits claiming that genetically modified crops sold by the company polluted the market, caused serious issues with import to China and destroyed the profitability of their harvest on multiple occasions. At least 163 of the lawsuits have been filed in Texas. They have been now been consolidated into a federal multi-district litigation action to be heard in Kansas.

Texas builder takes legal action after contract breach

A lawsuit was filed on Oct. 15 in Galveston County District Court by JNP Acquisitions Inc. claiming that a building contract was wrongfully terminated. According to the company, it had agreed to a building contract with two individuals in November 2013. The contract was reportedly terminated after a draw request was made for completed work.

An overview of federal antitrust laws

Business owners in Texas may be interested to learn more about the origin and nature of federal antitrust laws. Comprised of three different acts, these laws have governed certain aspects of business practices in the United States for over 100 years. The Sherman Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Clayton Act are primarily aimed at preserving fair competition in the marketplace and preventing monopolies from forming.

UT Austin's new offensive coordinator countersues over contract

When Joe Wickline got a job as an offensive line coach at Oklahoma State, he never expected to be in that position forever. In fact, his contract with OSU laid out explicit rules for when and how he could be released from OSU to take another job. Specifically, that contract says that OSU is to release him from his position and any liability for damages if he "is offered and accepts a position as the 'offensive coordinator (with play calling duties) at another NCAA Division I-A Institution."