Minnesota Antitrust Laws

Antitrust regulation in Minnesota is found under § 325D.49 et seq of the Minnesota Statutes, also known as the Minnesota Antitrust Law of 1971 .  Minn. Stat. § 325D.57, permits private action by injured persons.  An Attorney General, state, or any governmental body, may also bring an action under § 325D.59 of this Act.  Reasonable attorney fees can be recovered among other awards.  The period of limitation prescribed under § 325D.64 to commence an action under this Act is four years.

Minn. Stat. § 325D.57
Any person, any governmental body, or the state of Minnesota or any of its subdivisions or agencies, injured directly or indirectly by a violation of sections 325D.49 to 325D.66, shall recover three times the actual damages sustained, together with costs and disbursements, including reasonable attorneys’ fees. In any subsequent action arising from the same conduct, the court may take any steps necessary to avoid duplicative recovery against a defendant.
Minn. Stat. § 325D.59

The attorney general may investigate any alleged violation of sections 325D.49 to 325D.66 and, having reasonable cause to believe that a violation is imminent, is occurring or has occurred, the attorney general may institute on behalf of the state of Minnesota, any of its departments and agencies, or any of its political subdivisions a court action seeking appropriate relief. The investigatory authority of the attorney general under sections 325D.49 to 325D.66 shall include, but not be limited to, the authority provided for in section 8.31.

Minn. Stat. § 325D.64

“An action under sections 325D.49 to 325D.66, shall be forever barred unless commenced within four years of the date upon which the cause of action arose….”

Subd. 2. Government actions; suspension.
If any proceeding is commenced under sections 325D.49 to 325D.66, by the attorney general on behalf of the state of Minnesota, its departments or agencies, or its political subdivisions, the running of the statute of limitations in respect of every right of action arising under sections 325D.49 to 325D.66, and based in whole or in part on any matter complained of in the aforementioned proceeding shall be suspended during the pendency thereof and for one year thereafter. If the running of the statute of limitations is suspended, the action shall be forever barred unless commenced within the greater of either the period of suspension or four years after the date upon which the cause of action arose.


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