Connecticut Antitrust Laws

Connecticut Statute Chapter 35-24 et seq is also known as the Connecticut Antitrust Act.  According to Sections 35-24 and 35-33 an Attorney General, in the name of the State and on behalf of the person of the state or any private party, may bring an action to enforce the Act.  The Defendant prevailing in any action under this chapter is entitled to reasonable fees.  Connecticut Annotated Statutes Section 35-35 provides that a reasonable attorney fees is recoverable to any person or state who is injured by any violations of this chapter.  The limitation period prescribed, under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-40, for any action under this chapter is four years.  Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-41, if an Attorney General institutes an action, the running of the limitation period is suspended during the pendency and for one year thereafter.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-33.

The Superior Court of this state is hereby vested with jurisdiction to prevent and enjoin violations of this chapter. Any action or proceeding brought by the state, or any private party, for violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be brought in the superior court of the judicial district where the offense, or any part thereof, is committed, or in any judicial district where any of the alleged offenders reside or are found, or any agent resides or is found, or where any proprietor, association, firm, partnership, or corporate defendant does business.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-32, Attorney General to bring actions in the name of state or as parens patriae:

(a) The Attorney General, in the name of the state and on behalf of the people of the state, shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. He shall investigate suspected violations and institute proceedings, for any violation of the provisions of this chapter. Such proceedings may pray that such violation be temporarily or permanently enjoined, or otherwise prohibited.

(b) The Attorney General may also, in his discretion, intervene and appear in any proceeding pending before any court, agency, board, or commission in this state in which matters related to this chapter are in issue.

(c) The Attorney General may also, in enforcing the provisions of this chapter, bring an action in the name of the state as (1) parens patriae for persons residing in the state with respect to damages sustained by such persons, or, if the court finds in its discretion that the interests of justice so require, as a representative of a class or classes consisting of persons residing in the state who have been damaged; or (2) parens patriae with respect to damages to the general economy of the state or any political subdivision thereof; provided that such damages shall not be duplicative of those recoverable under subdivision (1) of this subsection.

(d) The Attorney General may also bring a civil action in the name of the state in the district courts of the United States under the federal antitrust laws to recover damages and secure such other relief as provided for in such laws as (1) parens patriae for persons residing in the state with respect to damages sustained by such persons, or, if the court finds in its discretion that the interests of justice so require, as a representative of a class or classes consisting of persons residing in the state who have been damaged; or (2) parens patriae with respect to damages to the general economy of the state or any political subdivision thereof; provided that such damages shall not be duplicative of those recoverable under subdivision (1) of this subsection.

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-35. Treble damages for injury to business or property.
The state, or any person, including, but not limited to, a consumer, injured in its business or property by any violation of the provisions of this chapter shall recover treble damages, together with a reasonable attorney’s fee and costs.

 

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 35-40: Limitation of actions. Accrual of cause of action for continuing violation.
Any action under sections 35-34 and 35-35, shall be forever barred unless commenced within four years after the cause of action shall have accrued. For the purpose of this section, a cause of action for a continuing violation is deemed to accrue at any time during the period of the violation.


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