Enforce NYs antitrust statute to stop illegal monopolies from overcharging New Yorkers

Small businesses competing with major retailers, as well as the suppliers to the small businesses, and regional manufacturers, are being driven out of business by the illegal practices of the nation's major retailers, which are forcing their supplying manufacturers to sell goods to the major retailers at about 50% of the price per unit that the manufacturers are selling the same goods, directly, at the same time, to competitors of the major retailers (or to the wholesalers to such competitors).

This discriminatory pricing practice drives the smaller businesses and their wholesalers (and regional manufacturers) out of business, which allows the major retailers to obtain a monopoly as to part or all of the product lines being sold by them in any one community.

Although New York does not have a statute comparable to the federal Robinson-Patman Act, which prohibits price discrimination, the price discrimination which is illegal under that federal statute does wind up in creating illegal monopolies, and the New York Donnelley Act, Section 340 of the New York General Business Law, gives the NYS Attorney General the right to commence various types of civil and criminal enforcement proceedings.

Monopolies result in higher prices or overcharges to consumers, and enforcement of the New York State Donnelley Act against illegal monopolies is the way that the NYS Attorney General can stop some of these overcharges to New York consumers.