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Antitrust: Are Law Societies Subject to Antitrust Regulation? A Recent SCOTUS Decision Indicates “Maybe”


Fascinating, recent decision from the Supreme Court of the United States: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/…/High-Court-Shakes-Up-St…. Are bar societies subject to anti-trust regulations? Potentially, “yes.” It may prove worthwhile to examine the implications under Canadian law toward its own bar societies. Generally speaking, such organizations appear to act with virtual autonomy in establishing qualifications to practice, as well as establishment of arguably extraordinary practice fees — the latter of which has recently been the subject of some criticism in Nova Scotia.  Full credit must be given to SCOTUSBlog for turning me onto this decision.

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