Sanford Antitrust Attorneys
Antitrust law is a mystifying concept to many people. But at its core antitrust reflects a simple goal: Preserving a competitive marketplace. The law recognizes that there are some acts that “unreasonably” restrain competitors and harm consumers. In many cases this anticompetitive conduct is difficult to detect. This is where an experienced Sanford antitrust attorney can provide invaluable assistance to you and your business.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., works primarily with healthcare providers affected by anticompetitive actions in the marketplace. We know how to investigate and build an antitrust case step-by-step. We are not afraid to litigate even the most complex of antitrust cases, as we understand the potential benefits for you and your benefits of putting a stop to illegal activities.
How Do I Know If Conduct Is Anticompetitive?
As we noted above, antitrust violations are not always easy to uncover. While there are cases where anticompetitive conduct is made public, the reality is that most people do not advertise the fact they are breaking the law. “Restraints of trade” are often the result of implicit understandings rather than explicit agreements.
That does not mean, however, that there is no paper trail to follow. Indeed, we often see antitrust problems arise from failure to follow written guidelines and procedures. Take the problem of sham peer review in the healthcare industry. Every hospital and professional medical practice in Florida have procedures in place to conduct peer review. Such procedures are necessary to identify and correct medical errors and ultimately improve patient care.
Yet we have seen many cases where peer review is abused and manipulated to punish physicians for reasons that have nothing do with the quality of care. Perhaps a hospital wants to discourage a doctor–or group of doctors–who have formed an independent practice that competes for patient referrals. Or maybe a doctor has reported a hospital for misconduct, and the peer review is a form of illegal retaliation.
Such behaviors fall within a broader category of “group boycotts,” a type of anticompetitive act that runs afoul of both federal and Florida state antitrust laws. Competitors may not collude among themselves to exclude someone from the market for economic reasons. Similarly, hospitals and third-party payers cannot abuse their market power to enter into long-term “exclusive” contracts whose sole purpose is to prevent competing providers to service patients.
Is Hiring a Sanford Antitrust Attorney the Right Thing to Do?
If you have evidence of anticompetitive activity affecting your business–or even if you simply suspect something is wrong–you may be initially unwilling to speak with a Sanford antitrust attorney. Many people erroneously assume that hiring an attorney means you are looking for a fight, or that it will simply escalate an already tense situation. But the truth is that illegal conduct will not stop until someone stands up and takes action. And far from making things worse, timely antitrust intervention can often stop a larger problem from developing.
Call the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation today with lawyers who understand the healthcare market and the antitrust laws.