Federal antitrust laws are designed to prevent monopolies and encourage market by prohibiting certain activities such as monopolization, price fixing, collusive bidding, and tying competition in order to ensure that consumers will be able to obtain desired goods and services at reasonable prices. These laws are set forth federally through the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act, which are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. In addition, many states have adopted their own antitrust laws which parallel the federal statutes.
Violations of federal antitrust laws may result in civil and criminal penalties, including potential terms of imprisonment and fines of up to $10 million for organizations and $350,000 for individuals for each offense. Moreover, the Sherman Act permits civil actions for antitrust violations to be brought not only by the federal government but also by private individuals, and successful plaintiffs may be awarded triple damages.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing a civil or criminal antitrust matter choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including antitrust matters. Over the last 38 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
If you have questions or concerns about a federal antitrust matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (212) 639-1600 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.