Washington Antitrust Attorney
Antitrust laws have been enacted by federal and Washington State lawmakers to protect companies from collusive acts and other conduct that undermines free trade. However, there are plenty of organizations that violate the law outwardly or through deceptive monopolistic tactics. These acts put your business at risk and adversely affect your interests, especially in the healthcare sector where patient care can suffer. Antitrust is one area of law that provides for enforcement at the private level, through a civil lawsuit that you can file against colluding companies.
Still, there are challenges in pursuing your claim. Our antitrust lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., have the skills and experience to overcome any challenge that arises. We have in-depth knowledge of the complex statutes and adept investigative skills to uncover the scheme monopolies use to hide collusion. Please contact our firm today to speak with a Washington antitrust attorney, and review a synopsis on your rights and remedies.
Federal and Washington State Antitrust Statutes
There are two federal antitrust laws and one at the Washington State level:
- The Sherman Act;
- The Clayton Act; and,
- Washington’s Unfair Business Practices-Consumer Protection law.
All statutes include sections that define and prohibit anticompetitive acts, giving government officials the power to take action against monopolistic arrangements. Civil and criminal penalties may apply when the US Department of Justice – Antitrust Division or Washington State Attorney General enforce such violations as:
- Combinations or conspiracies that create a monopoly;
- Collusion agreements and contracts that interfere with competition;
- Attempts to form a prohibited business arrangement, even if the plan never came into effect; and,
- Any other conduct that runs afoul of antitrust laws, such as price fixing, exclusive dealings agreements, and boycotts.
However, the state and federal antitrust laws also provide private business owners with rights. When another organization or business combination engages in prohibited conduct that harms your business interests, you can sue for monetary damages representing your losses. Plus, you can seek equitable relief in civil court, such as a cease and desist order to enjoin anticompetitive acts.
Your Legal Options as a Washington Business Owner
Business disputes can be complex and often require you to retain an attorney. Antitrust laws are very different from other types of legal entanglements, as they incorporate details that even experienced corporate lawyers do not fully grasp. Collusion, business combinations, bid rigging, and other prohibited conduct can be difficult to detect, especially when the offenders create schemes to hide their actions.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our antitrust attorneys focus on antitrust matters and protecting the interests of Washington business owners. Our highly skilled, knowledgeable lawyers are adept and detecting and exposing violations of antitrust laws, at both the state and federal level.
Discuss Your Options with a Washington Antitrust Lawyer
If you suspect that anticompetitive conduct is adversely affecting your business, please contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. You can call our firm at (312) 624-7642 or go online to schedule a consultation. We are happy to review your circumstances and discuss legal strategies.