boycott

/boykot/ Concerted refusal to do business with particular person or business in order to obtain concessions or to express displeasure with certain acts or practices of person or business. Barry v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 555 F.2d 3, 7.
A conspiracy or confederation to prevent the carrying on of business, or to injure the business of any one by preventing potential customers from doing business with him or employing the representatives of said business, by threats, intimidation, coercion, etc. Such acts are prohibited by the Sherman Antitrust Act.
@ consumer boycott
Practice whereby consumers (i.e. customers) refrain from purchasing a particular product in protest of excessive price, offensive actions of manufacturer or producer, etc., or refrain from trading with particular business for similar reasons.
@ group boycott
Concerted refusal to deal among traders with the intent or foreseeable effect of exclusion from the market of direct competitors of some of the conspirators; or, concerted refusal to deal with the intent or foreseeable effect of coercion of the trade practices of third parties. Such group boycotts are per se illegal under the Sherman Antitrust Act. Jones Knitting Corp. v. Morgan, D.C.Pa., 244 F.Supp. 235, 238.
+ group boycott
A concerted refusal by traders to deal with other traders. Occurs when competitors combine to exclude a would-be competitor by threatening to withhold their business from firms that deal with the potential competitor. KOS v. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Alaska, 676 P.2d 1069, 1076.
Such is a per se violation of Sherman Antitrust Act because it restrains freedom of parties to the boycott independently to decide whether to deal with boycotted party. A single trader's refusal to deal with another does not constitute a group boycott. Arzee Supply Corp. of Conn. v. Ruberoid Co., D.C.Conn., 222 F.Supp. 237, 242
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- secondary boycott

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • boycott — boy·cott / bȯi ˌkät/ vt: to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a store, business, or organization) usu. to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions see also primary boycott, secondary boycott ◇ A… …   Law dictionary

  • boycott — [ bɔjkɔt ] n. m. • 1888; mot angl. ♦ Anglic. Boycottage. Le boycott des Jeux olympiques par un pays. Boycott commercial, économique. ⇒ blocus, embargo. Des boycotts. ● boycott ou boycottage nom masculin (mot anglais boycott) Action de boycotter,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Boycott — Boy cott , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boycotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boycotting}.] [From Captain Boycott, a land agent in Mayo, Ireland, so treated in 1880.] To combine against (a landlord, tradesman, employer, or other person), to withhold social or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boycott — [boi′kät΄] vt. [after Capt. C. C. Boycott, land agent ostracized by his neighbors during the Land League agitation in Ireland in 1880] 1. to join together in refusing to deal with, so as to punish, coerce, etc. 2. to refuse to buy, sell, or use… …   English World dictionary

  • boycott — 1880, noun and verb, from Irish Land League ostracism of Capt. Charles C. Boycott (1832 1897), land agent of Lough Mask in County Mayo, who refused to lower rents for his tenant farmers. Quickly adopted by newspapers in languages as far afield as …   Etymology dictionary

  • boycott — ► VERB ▪ refuse to have commercial or social dealings with (a person, organization, or country) as a punishment or protest. ► NOUN ▪ an act of boycotting. ORIGIN from Captain Charles C. Boycott, an Irish land agent so treated in 1880 in an… …   English terms dictionary

  • Boycott — Boy cott, n. The process, fact, or pressure of boycotting; a combining to withhold or prevent dealing or social intercourse with a tradesman, employer, etc.; social and business interdiction for the purpose of coercion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boycott — Boycott, Name eines engl. Kapitäns (gest. im Juni 1897 zu Flexton in Suffolk), der die Güter des Grafen Erne in der irischen Grafschaft Mayo verwaltete und sich durch seine Strenge gegen die Pachter so verhaßt machte, daß das Volk ihn förmlich in …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Boycott — Boycott, s. Boykottieren …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • boycott — → boicot …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • boycott — [v] ban; refrain from using avoid, bar, blackball*, blacklist, brush off, cut off, embargo, exclude, hold aloof from, ice out*, ostracize, outlaw, pass by*, pass up*, prohibit, proscribe, refuse, reject, shut out*, snub, spurn, strike, withhold… …   New thesaurus

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