§ 553.1 Short title
§ 553.2 Construction
§ 553.3 Definitions
§ 553.4 Restraint prohibited
§ 553.5 Monopoly prohibited
§ 553.6 Exemptions
§ 553.7 Attorney general to enforce
§ 553.8 Venue
§ 553.9 Investigation
§ 553.10 Investigation enforcement
§ 553.11 Protective orders
§ 553.12 Remedies
§ 553.13 Civil penalty
§ 553.14 Criminal penalties
§ 553.15 Election of remedies
§ 553.16 Limitations
§ 553.17 Prima facie evidence
§ 553.18 Debarment
§ 553.19 Antitrust fund

Terms Used In Iowa Code > Chapter 553 - Iowa Competition Law

  • Commodity: means tangible or intangible property, real, personal, or mixed. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Enterprise: means a business, commercial or professional entity, including a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, professional corporation, proprietorship, incorporated or unincorporated association, or other form of organization. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • following: when used by way of reference to a chapter or other part of a statute mean the next preceding or next following chapter or other part. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Government agency: means the state, its political subdivisions, and any public agency supported in whole or in part by taxation. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Intangible property: Property that has no intrinsic value, but is merely the evidence of value such as stock certificates, bonds, and promissory notes.
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • oath: includes affirmation in all cases where an affirmation may be substituted for an oath, and in like cases the word "swear" includes "affirm". See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: means a natural person, estate, trust, enterprise or government agency. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Price: includes the terms and conditions of sale, rental, rate, fee, or any other form of payment for a commodity or service. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Relevant market: means the geographical area of actual or potential competition in a line of commerce, all or any part of which is within this state. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Rule: includes "regulation". See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Service: means any activity which is performed in whole or part for financial gain. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" may include the said district and territories. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trade or commerce: means any economic activity involving or relating to any commodity, service, or business activity. See Iowa Code 553.3
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes all the states. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • year: means twelve consecutive months. See Iowa Code 4.1