Orlando Antitrust Attorneys
Capitalism is one of the defining characteristics of America. But unregulated capitalism frequently leads to abuses of market power. Nowhere is this more evident than in the healthcare industry, where a handful of hospitals, insurers, and other third-party payers exercise unilateral control within many geographic areas.
Antitrust laws provide an important and necessary counterbalance to this market power, enabling competition to survive and flourish even in the context of a heavily regulated industry. Both the federal government and the State of Florida prohibit unreasonable restraints of trade–that is, actions that are designed to undermine the normal functioning of competitive markets. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our experienced Orlando antitrust attorneys specialize in complex health care litigation. We represent plaintiffs who are seeking to put a stop to abusive practices that make healthcare more expensive and less responsive to the needs of doctors and patients alike.
Fighting Anticompetitive Practices in the Orlando Healthcare Market
Antitrust laws are not concerned with consolidation of markets as such. Rather, modern antitrust policy focuses on consumer welfare. But this does not mean that individual competitors are not also protected. To the contrary, many successful pro-consumer antitrust actions are the result of market competitors taking a stand against illegal activity.
The Orlando antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., focus on the following anticompetitive practices:
- Mergers & Acquisitions – When large insurers or hospitals merge, the result may be to create a local monopoly, giving both doctors and patients only one viable option. The Clayton Antitrust Act prohibits such mergers. Yet when federal or state regulators fail to intervene to enforce the Clayton Act, it may fall to the affected private parties to take a stand.
- Conspiracies in Restraint of Trade – The antitrust laws protect against all types of harmful joint actions. In our experience, most antitrust conspiracies do not happen out in the open for everyone to see. They may be the result of subtle, behind-the-scenes activities that end up closing off certain markets to competitors who are not a part of the conspiracy. This is where having an experienced Orlando antitrust attorney is crucial, as it may take weeks or months of investigation to uncover the full breadth of the illegal activity.
- Abuse of Exclusive Contracts – On the other hand, some antitrust violations are quite public. Consider a scenario where the hospitals in a given area sign “exclusive” long-term contracts with insurance companies, thereby excluding any doctors not affiliated with that hospital. Depending on the specific facts and circumstances, such exclusive deals may be void under state or federal law.
Taking on Florida Antitrust Violators
Antitrust litigation is a complex undertaking. A single case may raise dozens of individual claims under both U.S. and Florida antitrust laws. And as we mentioned above, there is often a lengthy period of pre-litigation investigation required before a case is ready for trial. This is why you need to work with a qualified Orlando antitrust attorney from the outset. Call the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.