Consumer welfare is the common concern of antitrust laws and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act (DTPA). Antitrust, however, is primarily addressed to the misuse of market power to harm consumers, while the DTPA focuses on consumer harm brought about through deception. Antitrust laws and the DTPA, therefore, are best viewed as focusing on complementary aspects of consumer welfare.
This article covers significant developments under the federal and Texas antitrust laws and the DTPA during the Survey period—December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016.
Leslie Sara Hyman, et al., Antitrust and Consumer Protection, 3 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 15 (2017)