Antitrust Lawsuit Greenville SC
Antitrust laws are complex provisions that can be interpreted in different ways by federal authorities. These laws should be a concern for every physician or healthcare provider, as antitrust issues are particularly common in this industry. You should seek the advice of an antitrust attorney before any issues arise in the first place, but sometimes, you might find your business facing an antitrust lawsuit in Greenville, SC. If this happens, it is essential that you have representation from the right legal team.
Reasons for Antitrust Lawsuits
In the healthcare field, antitrust lawsuits generally arise between providers due to suspicions of anti-competitive activity or other antitrust violations. Your business might be the plaintiff bringing a lawsuit against a hospital or another provider that you believe is infringing on your rights in the market. Your practice might also be the target of antitrust litigation if another provider in the area believes that a merger, formation of a joint network, or other business activity violates antitrust laws. Even consumers can bring antitrust claims if they believe that your practice engaged in anti-competitive conduct that inflated prices or otherwise caused them harm.
No matter which side of the lawsuit you are on, you want the right representation to successfully prove a claim or defend against a claim and protect your practice’s place in the market.
How Do Antitrust Lawsuits Work?
Antitrust lawsuits are filed under either state or federal antitrust laws. This means you might face proceedings in state or federal court, and you need an attorney who knows the procedures and processes of your particular court.
Generally, a claim is filed alleging that a business violated some aspect of antitrust law, and the party filing the lawsuit is seeking relief. Relief could include:
- Prohibitions on future anti-competitive conduct
- Civil penalties
- Damages for harm caused to the plaintiff
There can be different parties to lawsuits and different allegations made. These might include:
- A hospital that puts forth false peer reviews to negatively impact a small physician’s practice outside the hospital
- A physician or hospital who claims that a newly formed joint network in the area is not in line with antitrust requirements
- Patients who claim that joint networks or larger practices are impacting healthcare costs or options
Most often, these lawsuits take place between larger and smaller providers in the same market.
One thing is true about all antitrust lawsuits – they can be costly for your practice. Let our legal team handle all investigations into possible allegations, pretrial litigation, negotiations for an out-of-court settlement agreement, and representation at trial if needed.
Speak with an Experienced Attorney About an Antitrust Lawsuit in Greenville, SC
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, PC, represents healthcare businesses in the Greenville area and helps them overcome any antitrust challenges, including bringing or defending against antitrust lawsuits. Contact us to set up an appointment and discuss your situation with our experienced legal team. We are ready to help your practice succeed in the face of legal concerns.