Helping Business and Individuals Harmed by Anticompetitive Behavior
Competition benefits businesses and consumers. Antitrust laws seek to promote competitive markets. When companies violate antitrust laws, the price of goods and services surge, causing businesses and individuals to incur unnecessary expenses. Antitrust lawsuits are brought to challenge conduct – such as price discrimination, price-fixing, and monopolization or restraints – that has a harmful impact on competition.
What Types of Anticompetitive Conduct Should I Look For?
- Bid Rigging: Bid rigging is an illegal practice in which competitors conspire to raise prices in situations in which purchasers acquire goods or services by soliciting competing bids. Competitors work together to submit overtly unacceptable bids to give the appearance that the winning bid was fair and reasonable. Examples include competitors forming a joint venture to submit a single bid, or the winning bidder subcontracting to the losing bidder.
- Market Division: Market division schemes involve agreements among competitors to divide up specific customers, products, or territories.
- Monopolization: Monopolization occurs when one company intentionally destroys its rivals to obtain control over a particular good or service by raising prices or reducing supply.
- Price Fixing: Price fixing is an agreement among competitors to raise or maintain prices of goods or services, and can include changing the terms of discount programs, warranties, shipping fees, or financing rates.
What Laws Govern Antitrust Violations?
Antitrust law is a collection of federal and state laws that regulate the conduct and organization of corporations to promote competition for the benefit of consumers.
- The Sherman Act: The Sherman Act prohibits “unreasonable” business activities that restrain competition. It provides both civil and criminal remedies for antitrust violations, including conspiracies to restrain trade, attempted monopolism, conspiracy to monopolize, and monopolization.
- The Clayton Act: The Clayton Act bans certain conduct that could create a monopoly, such as mergers and acquisitions that give one company exclusive control of a product or supply chain. The act provides for civil remedies, and grants the courts the pro-active power to enjoin anticompetitive conduct before it causes harm.
- The Federal Trade Commission Act: The Federal Trade Commission Act is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and bans “unfair methods of competition” and “unfair or deceptive acts or practices,” including anticompetitive behavior that may not be challengeable under the Sherman Act.
- State Laws: Many states have antitrust laws similar to the federal antitrust laws to govern commerce occurring within their state borders. Sometimes, state antitrust laws are more expansive than the federal antitrust laws in terms of the amount and quality of prohibited conduct. In California, we have the California Cartwright Act, which prohibits antitrust competitive actions by companies operating in California, and the California Unfair Practices Act, which prohibits illegal price discrimination in California.
How Do I Challenge Antitrust Violations?
antitrust lawsuits are often brought as class actions in which multiple businesses and individuals harmed by the same conduct can jointly bring one action. This allows businesses and individuals to pool their resources and leverage their claims to ensure a company takes notice.
Alternatively, businesses or individuals with excessive damages may benefit from bringing a direct antitrust claim against the company.
Justice for Victimized Businesses and Consumers
Businesses and consumers harmed by antitrust violations turn to Robbins LLP’s skilled and aggressive antitrust attorneys to challenge the anticompetitive conduct and ensure that prices reflect fair competition in a free-market economy.
No Cost Representation
What does it cost to bring an antitrust class action? Nothing. Robbins LLP represents consumers on a contingency fee basis, meaning we advance all attorney’s fees and expenses incurred by the litigation. If we are successful in obtaining a monetary recovery or substantial non-monetary benefit for the consumer we will seek to have the court approve our attorney’s fee request, which will be paid by the company and/or their insurance carriers. Robbins LLP never seeks reimbursement for attorney’s fees or costs directly from our antitrust class action clients.
Have you been injured due to antitrust violations?
If you believe you have been injured due to antitrust violations by a company or if you would like more information about our antitrust class action practice, please contact our antitrust class action attorneys at (800)350-6003.