Florida Anti-Trust Claims Lawyers

For over five decades, the legal team at Podhurst Orseck has focused primarily on trial and appellate litigation, including anti-trust litigation.  We have handled hearings, trials and appeals in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative law judges at the Federal Trade Commission and a number of regulatory agencies. We represent clients in a broad spectrum of antitrust matters, including:

  • Cartels and collusion
  • Significant market share owners and monopolies
  • Horizontal and vertical mergers and integrations
  • Price discrimination
  • Exclusive dealing
  • Denial or limitation of professional privileges
  • Product tying
  • Predatory pricing
  • Patent infringements

We represent corporations, individuals and associations in complying with antitrust laws and pursue litigation to penalize violators.  Our firm is large enough to handle the most complex cases, yet small enough to provide effective, efficient and personal legal representation.

Recent anti-trust matters include:

  • Conducted internal investigation for Fortune 100 company in connection with allegations of price-fixing.

Antitrust Laws

Antitrust laws benefit the consumer in the free market place.  They are in place to keep the quality of goods high, prices low and to encourage manufacturers to compete for consumers and business.  The main bodies of law governing this conduct are the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914 and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914.  Other enforcement tools can be found in various administrative agency regulatory sources and state laws.

While many of the laws governing antitrust conditions find their basis in legislation enacted over a century ago, they are being interpreted and litigated in courts today as much as ever.  Some categories of enterprise traditionally subject to exemption from antitrust consideration, such as professional sports leagues and health care systems, have recently even come under the scrutiny of antitrust suits.  As recently as 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the National Football League was a “cartel” of 32 independent businesses, subject to antitrust law.

While entities such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice are the primary enforcement mechanisms in this area, federal and state governments have recognized the limited resources and capacities for the government to enforce the laws exclusively.

The authority to pursue and enforce antitrust laws is not limited to the government.  Private parties may bring antitrust lawsuits.  Private antitrust laws authorize treble damages to successful plaintiffs as an incentive to encourage private lawsuit enforcement.  Because damages in antitrust cases are generally significant, this tripling often makes such suits conducive to prompt resolution.