Through the Antitrust laws in the United States the government seeks to prevent monopolies, set pricing limitations, prohibit predatory practices, control mergers, and ensure truth in advertising. Related areas of the law include consumer protection, torts (wrongful interference, slander, etc.), intellectual property, employment, and contracts.
The Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 is the foundation for U.S. antitrust regulation, and the majority of states have created their own statutes based upon it. Congress has enacted a number of amendments to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The most significant are the Clayton Act of 1914 and the Robinson-Patman Act of 1936. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission are the agencies that oversee and enforce Antirust laws and regulations, through criminal, civil, and regulatory actions. Private parties who believe they have been the victim of anti-competitive behavior in violation of the antitrust laws may also bring a civil action for damages.
The lawyers at Kauffman Kilberg LLC have represented corporations, corporate officers and employees in criminal antitrust investigations and associated civil actions. We have the experience and expertise to defend allegations of price fixing, price discrimination, collusive agreements, restraint of trade, bid rigging and similar allegations involving unfair competition.