Missouri Antitrust Laws

Missouri Statute Chapter 416, Section 416.011 et seq is known and cited as the Missouri Antitrust Law.  Pursuant to § 416.121, any person, including the state, who is injured can take an action in any Circuit Court.  The Attorney General can bring a civil proceeding on behalf of the state or in his representative capacity pursuant to § 416.061.  Section 416.121 (1) (2) states that the Plaintiff can be awarded reasonable attorney fees, provided s/he holds a decree.  Any action brought under Sections 416.011 to 416.161 of this Chapter shall be barred unless commenced within four years after the cause of action accrued.

Suits for damages

§ 416.121 R.S.Mo.

1.Any person, including the state, who is injured in his business or property by reason of anything forbidden or declared unlawful by sections 416.011 to 416.161 may sue therefor in any circuit court of this state in which the defendant or defendants, or any of them, reside, or have any officer, agent or representative, or in which any such defendant, or any agent, officer or representative may be found.

§ 416.061 R.S.Mo.

It shall be the duty of the attorney general to enforce the provisions of sections 416.011 to 416.161. It shall be the duty of the attorney general to institute civil proceedings to prevent and restrain violations of sections 416.011 to 416.161.

Attorney Fees

§ 416.121 R.S.Mo.

1. Sue for damages sustained by him, and if the judgment is for the plaintiff he shall be awarded threefold damages by him sustained and reasonable attorneys’ fees as determined by the court, together with the costs of suit.

Limitation Period

§ 416.131 R.S.Mo.

Any action brought under sections 416.011 to 416.161 shall be barred unless commenced within four years after the cause of action accrued. No cause of action barred under existing law on August 13, 1974, shall be revived by sections 416.011 to 416.161.


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