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Antitrust Policy


(Please review and retain for personal files.)


It shall be the policy of CEDIA and CEDIA Groups participants to be in strict compliance with all Federal and State Antitrust laws, rules, and regulations. Therefore:

I. This policy applies to all CEDIA Groups participants.

II. Discussions of prices or price levels are prohibited. In addition, no discussion is permitted of any elements of a company's operations which might influence price such as:

(a.) Cost of operations, supplies, labor or services; 

(b.) Allowance for discounts; 

(c.) Terms of sale including credit arrangements; and,
 
(d.) Profit margins and mark ups, provided this limitation shall not extend to discussions of methods of operation, maintenance, and similar matters in which cost or efficiency is merely incidental and are not intended to or have the effect of influencing price.

III. It is a violation of Antitrust laws to agree not to compete; therefore, discussions of division of territories or customers or limitations on the nature of business carried on or products sold are not permitted.

IV. Boycotts in any form are unlawful. Discussions relating to boycotts is prohibited, including discussions about blacklisting or unfavorable reports about particular companies, including their financial situation.

V. It is policy that in any meetings attended by CEDIA Groups participants where discussion can border on an area of antitrust sensitivity, the CEDIA Group lead requests that the discussion be stopped and asks that the request be made a part of the minutes of the meeting being attended. If others continue such discussion, the CEDIA Groups lead should excuse him/herself from the meeting and request that the minutes show that he/she left the meeting at that point and why he/she left. Any such instances should be reported immediately to the CEDIA staff liaison.

VI. It is policy that a copy of these Antitrust Compliance Policies and Procedures be given to each CEDIA Groups participant annually and that the same be read or understood at all CEDIA Groups meetings.