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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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Quant au parti d'opposition liberale Parnass, il a ete ecarte du scrutin et a appele, comme l'opposition radicale, a le boycotter ou a voter nul en maculant son bulletin en signe de protestation.
Winston Tubman, du Congres democratique pour le changement (CDC, opposition) en lice avec Mme Sirleaf pour le second tour de la presidentielle, avait appele vendredi soir ses partisans et les Liberiens a boycotter le scrutin.
Le ministre israelien du Tourisme a appele hier dimanche ses compatriotes a boycotter la Turquie comme destination touristique.
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En effet, les clubs de division 1 songent a boycotter le championnat des la 3e journee, prevue le 27 du mois en cours.
L'une des figures de proue de la principale coalition de l'opposition egyptienne, Mohamed ElBaradei, a appele, hier, a boycotter les elections legislatives censees debuter le 27 avril prochain.
Rassembles devant le siege de la daira d'Huissen Dey, les fans du Nasria ont profere des chants hostiles aux instances chargees de gerer le football national, promettant de boycotter cette rencontre.