National Antitrust Attorney
In recent years there has been a resurgence of consolidation in critical industries like healthcare and technology. A handful of players can easily dominate the market, using their size and leverage to keep new competitors out. This is bad not only for the excluded competitors, but also for consumers and the general health of the economy.
The antitrust laws are an important legal tool designed to ensure the proper functioning of competitive markets. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our practice focuses on antitrust and complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on assisting physicians and health care providers. Our experienced national antitrust attorneys represent clients nationwide who have been harmed by anti-competitive conduct. We can help you put an end to abusive practices that hurt your business and your market.
What Types of Behavior Do the Antitrust Laws Prohibit?
The term “antitrust” is itself somewhat misleading. “Trusts” were originally combinations of independent businesses that were unable to merge outright due to the limits of 19th century corporation laws. Today, antitrust deals with a wide range of business practices that may negatively affect markets, including mergers that may “substantially lessen competition.” The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are the primary enforcers of the federal antitrust laws, although individual parties affected by anti-competitive behavior may also bring civil claims.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we frequently deal with the following types of antitrust issues:
- Unreasonable Restraints of Trade – The Sherman Act was the original antitrust law. First adopted in 1890, this law prohibits any “contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of trade.” The courts do not apply this prohibition literally–as all business activity involves some restraint of trade–but rather only to restraints that are “unreasonable.” Among the type of acts that are almost always considered unreasonable are agreements among competitors to fix prices or allocate customers (or markets).
- Problematic Mergers and Joint Ventures – The other principal federal antitrust law, the Clayton Act, specifically addresses potentially anti-competitive mergers. Normally the government is responsible for challenging deals that may threaten competitive markets. But there are also many types of joint ventures that fall short of a merger yet can still create problems for competitors. In the healthcare market, for example, a joint venture among hospitals may simply be a front for an illegal group boycott against certain physicians who offer competing services.
- Abuses of Market Power – Similar to the problem of group boycotts, dominant firms often try to abuse their market power in more subtle ways. With health care, we often see this in the form of a sham credentialing or peer review process.
You Need a Qualified National Antitrust Lawyer at Your Side
Antitrust litigation is a complex undertaking. Even if you know that you have been the victim of illegal and anti-competitive behavior, it can be difficult to prove in court. And especially when you are facing a large, well-financed, and well-represented defendant, such as a hospital or an insurance company, it is critical that you have the best representation available to make your case.
The attorneys at Law Office of George M. Sanders, P.C., have decades of experience with assembling and trying antitrust cases in courtrooms throughout the country. Let our dedicated team can help you see your antitrust claim through from start to finish. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation so we can learn more about your situation.