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H.B. 232





Chief Sponsor: Craig Hall

Senate Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah Criminal Code penalty provisions regarding restraint of
             10      trade.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies penalty language regarding illegal anticompetitive activities to clarify that
             14      the penalty is a third degree felony.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          76-10-920, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 324
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 76-10-920 is amended to read:
             25           76-10-920. Fine and imprisonment for violation -- Certain vertical agreements
             26      excluded -- Nolo contendere.
             27          (1) (a) Any person who violates Section 76-10-914 by price fixing, bid rigging,

             28      agreeing among competitors to divide customers or territories, or by engaging in a group
             29      boycott with specific intent of eliminating competition [shall be punished] is guilty of a third
             30      degree felony and, notwithstanding Sections 76-3-301 and 76-3-302 , is subject to:
             31          (i) if an individual, [by] a fine not to exceed $100,000 [or by imprisonment for an
             32      indeterminate time not to exceed three years, or both]; or
             33          (ii) if by a person other than an individual, a fine not to exceed $500,000.
             34          (b) Subsection (1)(a) may not be construed to include vertical agreements between a
             35      manufacturer, its distributors, or their subdistributors dividing customers and territories solely
             36      involving the manufacturer's commodity or service where the manufacturer distributes its
             37      commodity or service both directly and through distributors or subdistributors in competition
             38      with itself.
             39          (2) A defendant may plead nolo contendere to a charge brought under this title but only
             40      with the consent of the court. [Such a plea shall be accepted by the] The court may accept the
             41      plea only after due consideration of the views of the parties and the interest of the public in the
             42      effective administration of justice.

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    as of 2-4-13 11:16 AM

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