Beaumont-Port Arthur Antitrust Lawyer
Consumers, business owners, and society as a whole suffer when companies engage in acts to stifle free trade, especially in the healthcare industry where monopolistic conduct affects patient care. Though anticompetitive tactics violate both Texas and federal law, you cannot always rely on government officials to take action. You may need to take matters into your own hands, and antitrust statutes do allow you to enforce your rights through a private civil lawsuit.
Our antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. are on your side if it becomes necessary to protect your business interests. Please contact our firm to set up a consultation with a Beaumont-Port Arthur antitrust lawyer and learn about your legal remedies, including a private action against anticompetitive organizations.
Antitrust Statutes Under Texas and Federal Law
Two federal antitrust statutes are applicable to Beaumont-Port Arthur business owners who want to address anticompetitive acts through a private lawsuit, including:
- The Sherman Act which makes it illegal for organizations to enter into contracts, create business arrangements, or collude through monopolistic conduct; and,
- The Clayton Act that prohibits specific anticompetitive practices, such as price discrimination, group boycotts, bid rigging, and mergers and acquisitions that result in market power dominance.
The Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983 reflects many of the same prohibitions, and it includes a specific provision regarding how state courts should construe the Act in the context of federal statutes. Therefore, it is important for your antitrust lawyer to have in-depth knowledge of both Texas and federal laws, and the case precedent from previous court decisions.
We Focus on Violations of Antitrust Law
Texas law grants the Attorney General the power to administer violations of antitrust laws, but like other governmental bodies, the office may be slow to initiate proceedings. The longer you wait to take action, the more your business can suffer from acts that negatively impact fairness in competition. A private lawsuit puts you in charge of seeking legal remedies for acts that violate antitrust laws, and you may be able to recover damages for your losses. In addition, you may qualify for equitable relief, such as an injunction ordering a company to cease and desist in anticompetitive misconduct.
Our antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. can help throughout the litigation process, including filing a complaint in court. We are especially effective during the investigations phase because our experience allows us to identify violations of free trade laws. This aspect of an antitrust cases presents the biggest challenge, as detection of monopolistic conduct can be difficult, and many organizations will try to hide their illegal tactics.
Contact a Beaumont-Port Arthur Antitrust Lawyer to Set up a Consultation
If your business is being harmed by anticompetitive acts and restraints of trade, please contact the antitrust legal team at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. We have assisted many clients in bringing other companies to justice when they engage in combinations or organizations in contravention of law. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at (312) 624-7642 or visit us online.