Vanderbilt Law Review

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With the passing of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1956, the English statute book is now furnished with a set of enactments, comprising this Act and the Monopolies Acts 1948 and 1953, which are comparable to the anti-trust legislation of the United States. The English statutes present marked dissimilarities to their American counterparts both in aim and method. In order to understand them it is necessary to consider certain divergences of emphasis on the part of English and American judges on the common law rules in which the legislation of the two countries alike is embedded, and certain aspects of the English commercial structure which have resulted from the judicial development of this branch of the law in England.