Winter Haven Antitrust
Florida business owners have seen unprecedented consolidation across many market sectors, resulting in some of the more dominant companies using their power to dictate prices and stifle competition. The healthcare industry bears the brunt of monopolistic practices all too often, and the true casualties of arrangements in restraint of trade are patients, providers, and the economy. State and federal antitrust laws prohibit anticompetitive conduct, but when officials decline to enforce them, healthcare practitioners may feel powerless.
While you may not be fully aware of your rights when faced with the consequences of medical monopolies, our antitrust lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. have a keen understanding of the relevant statutes. We have extensive experience unlawful competition cases, specifically in representing physicians seeking to enforce the laws as part of a private right of action. In the niche area of antitrust, Winter Haven, FL healthcare providers need a lawyer that has meticulous knowledge and dedication to justice. You can feel confident putting your case in our hands as we pursue hospitals, insurance companies, and others acting to interfere with competition.
Florida and Federal Laws on Anticompetitive Conduct
Federal and state lawmakers enacted the first antitrust statutes over a century ago to prevent monopolies, and prohibit the anticompetitive practices which allowed trusts to reign over certain markets. These laws are equally critical today, particularly in healthcare, where excessive consolidation thwarts competition to the detriment of patient care. There are three federal statutes that prohibit unlawful competition:
- The Sherman Act bans combinations or conspiracies that restrain trade, and practices or attempts to form a monopoly.
- The Clayton Act amends the Sherman Act to include a prohibition on mergers and conduct where the effect is “substantially to lessen competition.”
- The Federal Trade Commission Act makes unfair competition and deceptive acts unlawful, though it can only be enforced by the FTC.
The Florida Antitrust Act includes provisions that closely resemble the federal statutes, but requires parties seeking enforcement to file in state courts.
Winter Haven Antitrust Lawyers Tackle Tough Monopoly Cases
In a private right of action based upon violations of state or federal antitrust laws, you may be able to recover monetary damages and obtain equitable relief for the harm you suffered as a result of anticompetitive practices. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. assist with antitrust matters as they arise in many different contexts, including:
- Conspiracies and collusion among companies;
- Mergers that create monopolies;
- Price fixing;
- Abuse of market power;
- Group boycotts and other misconduct in the peer review process; and,
- Many more acts that restrain trade.
Schedule a Consultation with a Knowledgeable Winter Haven Antitrust Attorney
If you have been harmed by monopolistic conduct or other restraints on competition, whether in healthcare or other markets, you do have rights. The key to enforcing them is retaining a highly knowledgeable Florida antitrust lawyer who is dedicated to fighting for private parties. Our antitrust legal team at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. can assist with all aspects of your claim, ensuring you get the best possible outcome under federal or state law. Please call (312) 624-7642 or visit us online to schedule a consultation about your case.