RID is committed to compliance with the antitrust laws of this country, which laws prohibitanti-competitive behavior, regulate unfair business practices, and encourage competition in the marketplace.
Neither RID, nor any of its affiliate chapters, member sections, councils, committees, or task forces shall be used for the purpose of bringing about or attempting to bring about any understanding or agreement, written or oral, formal or informal, express or implied, between or among competitors that may restrain competition or harm consumers . In connection with membership or participation in RID, there shall be no discussion, communication, or agreement between or among members who are actual or potential competitors regarding their prices, fees, wages, salaries, profit margins, contract terms, business strategy, business negotiations, or any limitations on the timing, cost, or volume of their services. This includes any RID-related listserv, online discussion groups, sponsored RID social media, RID publications, or other RID sanctioned event, program, or activity.
Frequently Asked Questions About Professional Associations and Antitrust Risks
Introduction: Most association activities are procompetitive or competitively neutral; but antitrust enforcers have always been concerned about the potential for harm arising from the activities of groups made up of competitors. This document was designed for RID members, committees, task forces, work groups, member sections and state affiliate chapters to help them better understand what they and their groups can do and discuss in light of such antitrust concerns.
Antitrust law applies to all organization, no matter how small or how localized, and the penalties for violating federal or state antitrust laws are severe. Professional association members, as well as professional associations themselves, need to avoid any activity that might lead to the appearance
that the association members had agreed, even informally, to something that could have an effect on prices, fees, or competition. Many members may not be aware that discussions about fees, rates, and other economic terms can create such an appearance and raise concerns about possible
violations of antitrust law. These concerns come to the forefront when members ask their committees, task forces, work groups, member sections and state affiliate chapters to take action about fees/rates, bargaining positions regarding terms of employment / engagement, etc. This document is designed to answer some commonly asked questions.
Disclaimer: The following does not constitute legal advice but instead offers an overview of the highly complex area of antitrust law. Antitrust law is fact-specific and therefore committees, task forces, work groups, member sections and state affiliate chapters cannot rely solely on the general
guidance contained in this document.
Before engaging in any activity that may