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Adherence to these principles is not only a matter of concern for the group, but also for self-protection. Although membership itself in an association found guilty of violation of the antitrust statutes is usually not sufficient to establish the liability of any member, the courts have held that if a member knows of or should have known that his associates in the group engage in unlawful activities, and he continues his membership without protesting, he and the company he represents may become liable; and the consequence of an antitrust violation is a felony, carrying up to a 10,000.00 fine plus treble damages.
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