Florida Antitrust Attorneys
You may not be familiar with what a Florida antitrust attorney does. Antitrust lawyers are litigation specialists who deal with legal issues arising from monopolization, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial activities that may serve to restrain trade. If your business interests are threatened by any kind of anticompetitive conduct, a Florida antitrust attorney can help you fight back.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our Florida antitrust practice focuses on the impact of anticompetitive restraints on the healthcare industry. We primarily represent physicians who have to deal with unfair competition from third-party payers, hospitals, and even and other healthcare providers. The sad reality is that consolidation and insufficient regulation have made the healthcare market a breeding ground for antitrust violations. Having a skilled Florida antitrust attorney at your side can help protect your interests–and ensure your focus remains on providing patient care.
Fighting Monopolistic Conduct in the Healthcare Industry
In theory, antitrust is about protecting the competitive process rather than individual competitors. The modern trend in antitrust is to focus on “consumer welfare” rather than consolidation as such. But this does not mean individual competitors, such as physician practices, have to stand on the sidelines and beg federal and state antitrust regulators to act. Anytime you are the victim of illegal activity, you have the right to seek injunctive relief and monetary damages in the courts.
So what do the antitrust laws actually cover? Here is a brief overview:
- Restraints of Trade – Both the federal Sherman Act and the Florida Antitrust Act of 1980 ban “[e]very contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce.” In reality, this refers to “unreasonable” restraints designed to stifle competition. In the healthcare context this can refer to price-fixing or patient-allocation agreements that exclude certain providers.
- Group Boycotts – Essentially a subset of restraint of trade, if hospitals, insurers, or medical groups impose a group boycott against a physician for economic reasons, that may constitute an antitrust violation. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we often see this in the context of sham peer review, where a legitimate quality assurance process is used as a pretext for punishing a doctor who is a financial competitor.
- Monopolization – The federal Clayton Act and the Florida Antitrust Act also prohibit attempts to “monopolize” a given market. If a hospital, insurance, or practice merger would leave a part of the state with only one option for a given service, the impacted parties may have a viable antitrust claim.
Is It Time to Call a Florida Antitrust Attorney?
If you are the victim of anticompetitive conduct, you may not fully understand your rights under the antitrust laws. The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can review your situation and advise you of your options. You need to understand at the outset that antitrust litigation is often a long, complicated process. But we can walk you through every stage of investigation and litigation, and we will fight tirelessly to obtain a favorable outcome for you and your partners. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule an initial and confidential consultation so we can learn more about your antitrust problem.