Seattle Antitrust Lawyers
Federal and Washington State antitrust statutes are designed to encourage free competition and crack down on conduct that contravenes free trade. Still, too many organizations violate these laws, putting the interests of legitimate businesses at risk. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our antitrust lawyers are dedicated to fighting on behalf of business owners. Please contact our office to set up a consultation to explore your legal options.
State and Federal Antitrust Statutes Protect Seattle Business Owners
At the federal level, there are two antitrust laws that prohibit various forms of anticompetitive conduct: The Sherman Act and the Clayton Act. These statutes make it unlawful for businesses and other organizations to:
- Form a monopoly;
- Create monopolistic power through combinations or conspiracies;
- Enter into agreements to collude or contracts that disrupt free trade;
- Engage in conduct that violates specific provisions of antitrust laws, such as price fixing, bid rigging or group boycotts; and,
- Attempt to create an illegal business arrangement, regardless of whether the plan was successful; and,
- Many other acts.
Washington’s Unfair Business Practices – Consumer Protection closely parallels the federal statutes. Together, these laws empower government agencies to act against anti-competitive conduct. The US Department of Justice – Antitrust Division and Washington State Attorney General have authority to bring criminal charges and civil litigation against organizations that violate antitrust laws.
Seek Legal Remedies as a Seattle Business Owner
Federal and state officials tasked with enforcing antitrust laws may be slow to act, which can result in serious harm to your business with every passing day. Fortunately, antitrust statutes allow a private right of action for owners. Your case centers on proof of three elements:
- The offending organization has market power;
- That company gained this power through violations of antitrust laws, instead of acquiring market domination through valid, legitimate means; and,
- Your business has suffered harm as a result of the anticompetitive misconduct.
Though these elements seem straightforward, there are challenges with proving #2. It can be very difficult to identify conduct that violates antitrust laws. Many agreements and arrangements are entirely legal, even if they appear to result in monopolistic power. Plus, organizations are not free and open about their collusion and efforts to dominate the market. They will conceal or scheme to hide their misconduct.
It takes knowledgeable, experienced antitrust lawyers to investigate and uncover plots that violate federal and state antitrust statutes. Your attorney must possess a keen grasp of the laws, along with business acumen to pinpoint illegal conduct. In a successful private antitrust case, you may be able to recover:
- Monetary damages for the losses you sustain due to anticompetitive acts;
- Attorneys’ fees, court costs, and litigation related expenses; and,
- Equitable relief, such as an order directing the offending company to cease and desist.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Seattle Antitrust Lawyers Today
To learn more about your legal remedies through a private antitrust lawsuit, please contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. You can schedule a consultation by calling our firm at (312) 624-7642 or visiting us online.