Winter Haven Antitrust Attorneys
Antitrust is one of those legal concepts most people do not fully understand. The basic idea seems simple enough: Competitors must not engage in monopolistic or anticompetitive behavior designed to undermine the free market. In practice, determining what is–and is not–an antitrust violation can be quite complicated. Antitrust litigation requires careful investigation and preparation before anyone even thinks about setting foot inside a courthouse.
The experienced team at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., focuses on antitrust litigation with a special emphasis on the healthcare industry in Florida and throughout the country. We help doctors and other medical providers fight unfair and illegal business acts taken by hospitals, insurance companies, and other third parties. Consolidation and lax regulation have led to a number of anticompetitive abuses that can only be addressed through aggressive antitrust enforcement. Our Winter Haven antitrust attorneys will guide you through the process of civil antitrust litigation to bring about a favorable outcome for you and your patients.
Focusing on Florida’s Healthcare Industry
Antitrust law is often thought of as a form of consumer protection. But its scope is much broader than that. The original antitrust laws were designed to fight the negative effects of excessive consolidation in the marketplace. Today, the antitrust laws are more needed than ever to address such consolidation, particularly in an industry like healthcare.
Federal and state antitrust laws both permit individual parties, including competitors, to bring civil antitrust action when their interests have been harmed by anticompetitive practices. Here are just a few of the issues we help clients with at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C.:
- Abuses of the Peer Review Process – Every health care provider has had to deal with peer review at multiple points in their career. Indeed, a well-designed peer review process can provide invaluable insights and greatly improve patient care. But far too often, peer review is little more than a sham designed to punish a doctor for economic reasons. Such conduct is considered an illegal form of “group boycott” under the antitrust laws.
- Market Allocation and Price Fixing – Consolidation has led to de facto monopolization of local healthcare markets in Winter Haven and many other parts of Florida. A dominant insurer or hospital can–and will–dictate prices and restrict patient choice when it comes to healthcare providers. Such activities cross the line when they unfairly restrict (or outright destroy) competition.
Taking the First Steps Towards a Fairer Marketplace
Initiating antitrust litigation is a big step for many people. But sometimes it is the only option available. Monopolistic entities rarely agree to play fair on their own accord. And the litigation process itself often uncovers abusive practices beyond even what the plaintiffs may have been aware of going into the case. This is where having an experienced antitrust litigation counsel often proves essential.
If you need to speak with a qualified Winter Haven antitrust attorney, call the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., at (312) 624-7642 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to learning more about your situation and how we can best advise and assist you moving forward.