Consumer welfare is the common concern of the 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. The 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, November 1, 2010, through October 31, 2011.
Michael Ferrill, et al., Antitrust and Consumer Protection, 65 SMU L. Rev. 261 (2012)