Augusta Antitrust Attorneys
There are many areas of the Georgia economy, such as healthcare, that have undergone widespread consolidation over the past several years. This is great news if you own stock in an insurance company or own a chain of hospitals. But if you are a healthcare provider in the Augusta area (or a patient), you may find that you are no longer able to compete fairly in the marketplace. Dominant firms have a tendency to dictate prices and market conditions–and punish those who defy them.
This is where the antitrust laws come into play. Federal and state antitrust policy discourages the acquisition and abuse of monopoly power. And while the federal government and the State of Georgia play a critical role in enforcing antitrust policy, the law also allows private parties who have been damaged by anticompetitive conduct to pursue their own civil action against those who would abuse and undermine the free market system. If you are a healthcare provider affected by illegal monopolistic conduct, the Augusta antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help you take action today.
Identifying and Stopping Anticompetitive Conduct
Antitrust laws focus on two broad issues: the structure of markets and the conduct of firms within those markets. With respect to the latter, the emphasis in recent years has been on promoting the overall welfare of consumers as opposed to the interests of individual competitors. That said, it is affected competitors who often have the most incentive to identify and fight anticompetitive practices–which is why the antitrust laws specifically authorize such actions.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we help clients pursue antitrust claims in the following areas:
- Restraints of Trade – The primary purpose of the antitrust laws have always been to punish “unreasonable” acts that have the effect of restraining trade and destroying competition. This often takes the form of individuals and firms colluding or conspiring to exclude certain competitors from the marketplace. In healthcare, for instance, we often see hospitals and large provider groups abuse the peer review process to punish competitors for economic reasons unrelated to the provision of quality patient care.
- Monopolistic Activities – Many insurance companies and hospital chains have a chokehold on their local healthcare markets. This frequently leads to monopolistic behavior, such as striking “exclusive” deals and manipulating patient referrals. This type of behavior may violate the antitrust laws if it has the effect of preserving the monopolist’s domination position.
Speak With an Augusta Antitrust Attorney Today
An antitrust lawsuit is not something you initiate on the spur of the moment. It requires careful consideration and pre-suit investigation. The litigation itself can take months–even years–as there may be thousands of documents and potentially dozens of witnesses. While the litigation process may seem overwhelming, having an experienced Augusta attorney at your side will make all the difference. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our team will handle your case from start-to-finish, and we will not rest until we have obtained the best possible outcome for you. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation so we can learn more about your situation and start to work on developing a solution.