Agricultural cooperatives are not immune from antitrust prosecution, but neither are the antitrust laws completely applicable to them. By statute, particularly the Capper-Volstead Act and Section 6 of the Clayton Act, agricultural cooperatives are freed from some of the limitations imposed by the antitrust laws. Where these exemptions place agricultural cooperatives on the antitrust spectrum is a continuing problem faced by the courts. After a synopsis of the principal problems involved, this article reviews the legislative history of agricultural cooperative immunity, examines the judicial interpretation of the exemptions, and concludes by offering recommendations for the future.
William E. Peters,
Agricultural Cooperatives and the Antitrust Laws,
43 Neb. L. Rev. 73
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