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FTC Halts Anticompetitive Agreement Between Body-Worn Camera Manufacturers

  • The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved a final settlement with military and law enforcement equipment manufacturer Safariland, LLC to resolve allegations that it entered into anticompetitive agreements in violation of the FTC Act.
  • The FTC’s complaint alleged that Safariland and Axon Enterprise Inc. (“Axon”) reduced competition in the market for body-worn camera systems (“BWCS”) when Safariland sold its BWCS division, VieVu, to Axon, thereby eliminating Axon’s most significant competition; agreed not to compete with Axon on all of Axon’s products; and agreed to limit customer and employee solicitations.
  • Under the terms of the final order, Safariland will rescind its anticompetitive agreements with Axon, not enter into similar agreements with Axon in the future, have an antitrust compliance program to ensure compliance with the order, and cooperate with the FTC with its ongoing litigation against Axon.