District of Columbia Antitrust Laws

District of Columbia Code, Chapter 28-4501 et seq deals with the antitrust laws of  the District of Columbia.  Pursuant to D.C. Code § 28-4506, 28-4507, and 28-4508 of this Chapter any private person or the Attorney General can bring civil or criminal action on behalf of any individual or in the name of the District of Columbia.  The Court shall award monetary relief including reasonable attorney’s fees to the District of Columbia for sustaining damages.  Pursuant to D.C. Code § 28-4511, every action to recover a criminal penalty or to recover civil damages is barred if the action is not commenced within four years after the cause of action accrues, or within one year after the conclusion of timely action brought by District of Columbia.

D.C. Code § 28-4506: Suits for Damages

Every person who violates section 28-4502 or 28-4503 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $ 50,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding one (1) year, or both. The Attorney General shall commence and try all prosecutions for violations of section 28-4502 or 28-4503. Whenever a corporation violates section 28-4502 or 28-4503, the individual directors, officers, or agents of such corporation who have intentionally authorized, ordered or ratified the acts constituting such violation shall be punishable in accordance with this section.

D.C. Code § 28-4507

(a) Whenever the District of Columbia government is injured in its business or property by a violation of this chapter, the Attorney General may bring a civil action in the name of the District of Columbia for damages, or for appropriate injunctive or other equitable relief, or for both, without prejudice to the right of the District of Columbia to bring similar or identical actions under any other statute. In such an action, in addition to any appropriate injunctive or equitable relief, the court may award the District of Columbia damages and the cost of suit, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

 

D.C. Code § 28-4508

(a) Any person who is injured in that person’s business or property by reason of anything forbidden by this chapter may bring a civil action for damages, for appropriate injunctive or other equitable relief, or for both. In such an action, in addition to any appropriate injunctive or equitable relief, the court shall award as monetary relief: (1) threefold the total damage sustained by such person; and (2) as determined by the court, the costs of suit including reasonable attorney’s fees.

D.C. Code § 28-4508

(a)Any person who is injured in that person’s business or property by reason of anything forbidden by this chapter may bring a civil action for damages, for appropriate injunctive or other equitable relief, or for both. In such an action, in addition to any appropriate injunctive or equitable relief, the court shall award as monetary relief: (1) threefold the total damage sustained by such person; and (2) as determined by the court, the costs of suit including reasonable attorney’s fees.

D.C. Code § 28-4511

(a) An action under section 28-4506 to recover a criminal penalty is barred if the action is not commenced within four (4) years after the commission of an act constituting in whole or in part the offense or wrongful action charged.
(b) An action under section 28-4507 or 28-4508 to recover damages is barred if the action is not commenced within four (4) years after the cause of action accrues, or within one (1) year after the conclusion of any timely action brought by the District of Columbia under section 28-4506, based in whole or in part on any matter complained of in the action for damages under section 28-4507 or 28- 4508, whichever is later.


Inside District of Columbia Antitrust Laws