Trenton Antitrust Attorneys
Free markets are what drive New Jersey and America as a whole. But even free markets require regulation. Too many firms take unfair advantage of their dominant position to disrupt the competitive process. This is where antitrust laws come in.
Federal and state antitrust laws provide a valuable protection against unreasonable restraints of trade and monopolistic conduct. This is especially critical in industries like healthcare, where consolidation has given a handful of players nearly unilateral control to dictate prices and patient services. If you are a healthcare provider who has been negatively affected by anticompetitive conduct, the Trenton antitrust attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help. We are skilled litigators who understand the ins-and-outs of the healthcare market, and we will put our experience to work for you.
Protecting the Free Market From Monopolistic & Anticompetitive Conduct
At the federal level, the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts prohibit a wide range of business activities that serve to undermine the interstate free market. Similarly, the New Jersey Antitrust Act covers similar misconduct that affects local markets in Trenton and throughout the state. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we assist clients with all types of federal and state antitrust claims, including the following subjects:
- Conspiracies to Restrain Trade – The most critical principle of antitrust law is that competitors may not collude or conspire to exclude individuals from the market. Consider the peer review process in healthcare. While peer review is a necessary and proper tool for ensuring the quality of patient care, too often it is used to retaliate against physicians whose real offense is they pose a competitive economic threat. Such conspiracies are anticompetitive and illegal.
- Monopolistic Conduct – Dominant firms in every industry seek to expand their command and control over the market. This is no less true when it comes to healthcare. Many hospital chains and insurers want to function as a monopoly. The antitrust laws provide a bulwark against such monopolization (or attempted monopolization). Individual providers have the right to initiate a civil action if they are being squeezed out of the market due to monopolistic conduct rather than competitive merit.
- Anticompetitive Mergers – Sometimes firms try to establish a formal monopoly via merger. The Clayton and New Jersey Antitrust Acts provide legal remedies to put a halt to such anticompetitive mergers. While not every merger is illegal–indeed, the majority pose no competitive or legal problems–those that are threaten to irrevocably alter the market for the worse.
A Qualified Trenton Antitrust Attorney Can Answer Your Questions
Are you the victim of antitrust violations? You may not know the answer to that question. Not every unfair business act is illegal. And many acts that restrain trade are carefully concealed to prevent public detection. But if you suspect there is something wrong with your market, it is a good idea to speak with a Trenton antitrust attorney who can review the situation and offer you independent, expert legal advice.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., specializes in complex antitrust litigation affecting the healthcare industry. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online to schedule an initial confidential consultation.