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16-112. Restraint of trade; penalty. A person, firm, corporation or association of persons doing business in this state shall not make it a condition of the sale of goods, wares or merchandise that the purchaser shall not sell or deal in the goods, wares or merchandise of any other person, firm, corporation, or association of persons, but the provisions of this section shall not prohibit the appointment of agents or sole agents for the sale of, nor the making of contracts for the exclusive sale of, goods, wares, or merchandise. Whoever, as principal or agent, violates the provisions of this section shall be punished for the first offense by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred dollars; and for each succeeding offense by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

History: L. 1907, ch. 139, § 1; March 6; R.S. 1923, 16-112.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Unlawful combinations, see 50-112 et seq.

Attorney General’s Opinions:

Contracts; restraint of trade; non-compete contract clause. 95-60.


1. Appointment of sole sales agent in particular community not unlawful. Mercantile Co. v. Plow Co., 98 K. 609, 611, 159 P. 391.

2. Section to be construed with antitrust statutes of state; agent having exclusive territorial contract may recover from infringing agent. McConkey v. Motor Co., 112 K. 560, 561, 211 P. 631.

3. Contract for purchase of tractors providing for maintenance of seller’s published list prices is void. Mills v. Ordnance Co., 113 K. 479, 215 P. 314.

4. Section not violated by giving exclusive right to sell merchandise. Sage v. Oil Country Specialities Mfg. Co., 134 K. 215, 219, 5 P.2d 1091.

5. Gas purchase contract held not void as contrary to public policy. Southwest Kan. Oil & G. Co. v. Argus P. L. Co., 141 K. 287, 293, 39 P.2d 906.

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