Kissimmee Antitrust Attorneys
Consolidation is a problem for many industries. Healthcare is one of the more notable examples. In too many localities throughout Florida, a handful of players dictate the conditions of patient care and physician compensation. Such actions may be good for the bottom lines of insurance companies and corporate hospital groups, but they do little to improve the quality of patient care or promote robust competition in the marketplace.
Antitrust laws are therefore a critical tool for competitors who have been harmed by anticompetitive behavior. The Kissimmee antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., focus on representing physicians and other health care providers. We can assist you in confronting abusive market practices that threaten your livelihoods as well your ability to provide first-rate patient care.
Taking on Illegal Conduct That Restrains Trade
Antitrust laws date back to the 19th century when Congress and the states were concerned with the rising power of multi-business industrial trusts. But since the 1960s, antitrust policy has shifted its focus to emphasize consumer protection and the overall competitiveness of markets rather than industry concentration. Both the federal antitrust laws, notably the Sherman Act, and the Florida Antitrust Act target all forms of conduct that serve to unreasonably “restrain” trade or commerce. While the Florida Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission oversee antitrust enforcement, the laws also permit individual parties impacted by anticompetitive conduct to seek civil damages and injunctive relief in the courts.
Some of the more common antitrust issues we help clients with at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., include:
- Dominant Firms Abusing Their Market Power – Insurance companies and even large hospital chains often hold unilateral power to dictate economic terms to providers and patients. Some of these unilateral acts, such as sham credentialing or abuse of the peer review process, clearly violate Florida and federal antitrust law. Other anticompetitive practices may be more subtle but just as illegal.
- Conspiracies to Restrain Trade – Dating back to the earliest days of antitrust, it has always been illegal for competitors in the same market to fix prices or allocate customers. In the healthcare market, for example, some hospitals may try and collude with “preferred” providers to prevent patients from seeing the doctor of their choice. This is a market allocation, pure and simple, and it is precisely the sort of conduct the antitrust laws are designed to deter.
- Illegal Joint Ventures & Group Boycotts – Along similar lines, joint ventures among large payers and hospitals often serve as a front to engage in illegal exclusionary conduct.
Speak With a Qualified Kissimmee Antitrust Lawyer Today
If you have reason to suspect that your business has been the victim of competitors who are violating the antitrust laws, the first thing you need to do is seek out expert assistance. Filing an antitrust lawsuit is not like going to small claims court. It is a major undertaking that often involves months of investigation and groundwork before a complaint is even filed. This is why your first call should always be to a qualified Kissimmee antitrust attorney who understands the intricacies of both Florida and federal law as well as the unique challenges of the healthcare market. Call the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today so that we can sit down with you and discuss your situation.