Richmond County Antitrust Attorneys
Corporate consolidation and mega-mergers dominate the business headlines all too frequently these days. In the healthcare industry, such consolidation is often bad news for doctors and patients. Healthcare providers are often pressured by unfair–and often illegal–tactics to lower their prices or reduce the quality of patient care.
One way for providers to fight back is through the antitrust laws. The federal Sherman and Clayton Acts, as well as their counterparts in Georgia state law, enable individuals who have been harmed by anticompetitive conduct to seek damages and injunctive relief in the courts. The Richmond County antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help you investigate and pursue antitrust violators whose actions compromise your ability to provide first-class patient care to residents of Augusta and the surrounding area.
Understanding the Role of the Antitrust Laws
The word “antitrust” may conjure up images of the 19th century robber barons who dominated industries like coal, steel, and the railroads. But antitrust remains just as relevant when it comes to 21st century service industries like healthcare. At its core, antitrust policy reflects the belief that free markets cannot function properly when a handful of dominant firms are allowed to exercise unilateral control. This is why the antitrust laws prohibit a broad range of anticompetitive conduct, including but not limited to the following:
- Exclusive Dealing – Large hospital chains often try to freeze out smaller physician-owned surgery centers by signing long-term “exclusive” deals with insurance companies. Under certain circumstances such agreements may be a violation of federal and state antitrust laws.
- Misuse of Peer Review – Every healthcare provider in Richmond County has dealt with peer review. When it works as intended, peer review offers a valuable opportunity for professional collaboration to improve the overall level of patient care. But when its misused, peer review becomes a Star Chamber used to punish doctors for reasons that have less to do with healthcare and more to do with punishing competitors.
- Harmful Mergers and Joint Ventures – The antitrust laws forbid mergers that have a tendency to lessen competition. Similarly, quasi-mergers structured as “joint ventures” may be nothing more than a fig leaf to cover the very kinds of collusive activity the antitrust laws ban.
Speak With a Richmond County Antitrust Attorney Today
Professionals, and in particular healthcare providers, are often reluctant to consider legal action, even when faced with a history of abusive and illegal practices. But sometimes action is necessary. A qualified Richmond County antitrust attorney can guide you through the litigation process towards a successful resolution.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., has more than two decades of experience in antitrust litigation. We know how to build a case that will hold up in court. If you are looking for antitrust litigators who understand not just the law but also the healthcare market, call us today at (312) 624-7642 to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to learning more about your situation and figuring out the best legal strategy for you moving forward.