Antitrust Attorney By Me
Antitrust law is a mystery to many people. But the basic antitrust concepts are quite simple: It is against the law for a business, or group of businesses, to engage in conduct that unreasonably restrains trade. Such anticompetitive conduct can take many forms, and if you are the victim, it may not be immediately obvious to you what is going on.
This is where the assistance of a skilled antitrust lawyer is invaluable. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our specialty is antitrust litigation. Our attorneys and staff will work with you to investigate potential anticompetitive conduct affecting you and your customers, and when necessary pursue antitrust claims in court.
What Are the Signs of Potential Antitrust Violations?
People who break the antitrust laws rarely advertise the fact. After all, real-life businesses are not run by villains who tell you their plans to dominate the market. Antitrust misconduct is often subtle and difficult to perceive.
For example, consider a common problem we deal with in the health care marketplace: sham peer review. All hospitals and medical practices engage in some form of peer review. Indeed, it is a necessary and proper mechanism for addressing medical errors and improving the overall quality of patient care. But oftentimes, peer review is simply a mechanism to get rid of doctors for other reasons, such as wanting to eliminate an economic competitor or punish a provider who alerted government authorities to possible misconduct.
Such behavior is not simply unethical but illegal. In antitrust parlance, it is a “group boycott”–a case where competitors join together in an illicit attempt to exclude someone else from the market. The Sherman Antitrust Act, the primary federal antitrust law, has long held such group boycotts are an unreasonable restraint of trade.
Other unreasonable restraints include price-fixing and market allocation agreements. In other words, if a group of doctors or hospitals competing in the same market agree to set certain minimum or maximum prices, that is illegal. So would an agreement to divide geographic markets or patient groups. And in some cases, even signing an “exclusive contract” may itself be an antitrust violation depending on its length and terms.
Should I Contact an Antitrust Lawyer By Me?
People are often reluctant to contact a litigation attorney for fear it will only make a bad situation worse. But problems arising from anticompetitive conduct rarely resolve themselves. To the contrary, antitrust violations in a given market may persist for years until someone stands up and says, “No more!”
If you have reason to believe that you have been negatively affected by anticompetitive and illegal business misconduct, you should contact a qualified antitrust lawyer by you as soon as possible. The sooner you engage us at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., the sooner that we get to work figuring out what is going on and how best to put a stop to it. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your case.