Federal antitrust laws were first passed more than 100 years ago to protect consumers from unfair business practices that can drive out competitors and push up prices. Congress has passed three major acts dealing with competition, pricing and monopolies, and has regularly added amendments to strengthen the provisions and reflect the changing times. Enforcement of these laws protects the public from overspending, encourages choice within the market and protects businesses from competitors who seek to gain an unfair advantage.
Many types of suspicious activity can indicate possible antitrust violations. However, an actual determination cannot be made without trained investigators and lawyers exploring a matter in depth. For this reason, anyone who has information about possible violations, or who knows of or suspects such activity, should contact us. We will determine whether or not to investigate further.
The public is the first line of defense against price-fixing and other antitrust violations. Consumers can file official complaints with the experienced antitrust attorneys at the Antitrust Law Center. Our investigators sift through the reports for evidence of wrongdoing and look for patterns of complaints that could reveal a conspiracy. Businesses can also report instances of suspected bid-rigging and other anti-competitive behavior.
Antitrust violators take three main angles in their attempts to cheat consumers. These practices involve effective conspiracies, where two or more business owners agree to control sales of their goods in one or more ways in order to maintain artificially high prices.