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A lawful concerted attempt by a group of people to express displeasure with, or obtain concessions from, a particular person or company by refusing to do business with them. An unlawful attempt that is prohibited by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), to adversely affect a company through threat, coercion, or intimidation of its employees, or to prevent others from doing business with said company. A practice utilized in labor disputes whereby an organized group of employees bands together and refrains from dealing with an employer, the legality of which is determined by applicable provisions of statutes governing labor-management relations.

A classic example of this is a consumer boycott whereby a group of customers refuses to purchase a particular product in order to indicate their dissatisfaction with excessive prices or the offensive actions of a particular manufacturer or producer.


Labor Law.


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to damage the producer or merchant monetarily, to influence its policy, and/or to attract attention to a social cause. Labor unions and their sympathizers have boycotted lettuce and grapes not picked by union farm workers, and civil rights activists have boycotted stores and restaurants that had "white only" hiring policies. The term is named for Captain Charles C. Boycott, a notorious land agent, whose neighbors ostracized him during Ireland's Land League rent wars in the 1880's. Boycotts are not illegal in themselves, unless there are threats or violence involved. A "secondary" boycott, which boycotts those who do business with the primary target of the boycotters, is an unfair labor practice under Federal and state laws. (See: secondary boycott)


noun abstention from buying, abstention from using, avoidance, ban, banning, black-listing, debarring, embargo, exclusion, ostracism, refusal to do business, rejection, shunning, strike, withholding of patronage
Associated concepts: primary boycott, secondary boycott
See also: ban, condemn, disapprove, eschew, exclude, exclusion, ignore, picket, proscription, reject, shun, strike
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Pruitt and Friedman (1986) used economic analysis to show that boycotted companies experienced significant decreases in their stock prices over the 60-day period after a boycott was announced.
The lawyers boycotted court proceedings at sessions courts, Aiwan e Adl, Cantt courts, Model Town courts and others.
On the first day they boycotted City court, Sindh high court, Malair court and other subordinate courts.
At the time of this writing, scores of large and mid-sized corporations are being boycotted, as are certain nonprofit organizations, cities, states, and even entire countries.
Animal rights groups boycotted Timberland shoes because the company sponsored the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska, in which some of the sled dogs died and others were allegedly mistreated.
person does not conduct any business with the boycotted country.
Anyone who is suspected of supporting the Palestinians or expressing concern for their lot is boycotted and expelled.
Yet the anti-boycott country's list of boycotted parties does not end there.
Prohibited information includes, for example, information about a business relationship with or in a boycotted country that will give a commercial disadvantage to a company in a boycotting country.