Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulations
The Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulations are a result of federal and individual state regulation that affects every business in some way or another. The Sherman Act and the Clayton Act are the two federal laws that primarily govern Antitrust Law and were designed to protect trade and commerce. Most states have antitrust laws patterned after these federal laws.
Our firm has years of experience handles matters involving:
- Trade Regulation
- Trade Practices
- Unfair Competition Issues
- International Antitrust
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
The Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1-7) prohibits any unreasonable interference in interstate trade with the ordinary, freely competitive pricing or distribution system of the open market.
The Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 12-27) is an amendment to the Sherman Act, which prohibits exclusive dealing contracts, price discrimination and mergers that either (1) tend to create a monopoly or (2) where the effect lessen competition in commerce.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is authorized to investigate and/or convene a grand jury in antitrust matters. If a company is determined to be in violation of antitrust laws then civil and/or criminal penalties may be imposed.
Civil penalties may include any or all of the following:
- Cancellation of Contracts
Penalties for Criminal violations or acts may include any or all of the following:
- Large Fines
Contact one of our attorneys, if you think you are a victim of:
- A Contract Designed to Suppress You Business
- A Contract Designed to Eliminate Your Business
- A Counterfeiting Competitor
- False Advertising
- Other Obstructions Affecting Your Trade and Commerce
- A Merger, which Effectively Lessen the Competition
- A Merger that Tends to Create a Monopoly
- A Business Relationship Formed for the Purpose of:
- Raising the Price of a Product or Service
- Decreasing the Price of a Product or Service
- Stabilizing the Price of a Product or Service
Our Firm has experience in these complex areas of the law and we advise and represent clients in both private and government unfair competition and antitrust litigation in both State and Federal courts.