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Antitrust Violations in Miami, FL

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Antitrust laws exist to preserve the free market economy of the United States. They serve to prohibit abusive and anticompetitive business practices and to prevent any one corporation from obtaining a monopoly by suppressing the competition rather than by providing a superior product or service. The two laws which most commonly apply in antitrust violation cases are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sherman Antitrust Act

As early as possible after you have learned that you are being investigated for an antitrust violation, come to Joel DeFabio, PA for help. While many antitrust violation cases are limited only to civil penalties, they can also be charged as felony criminal offenses with harsh penalties for a conviction.

Do not agree to speak with investigators before first retaining the defense of Attorney Joel DeFabio, who can represent you with the authorities, help you protect your legal rights and fight to defeat the charges against you.

Passed in 1890, the Sherman Act criminalizes the formation of monopolies through the use of cartels and it outlaws contracts, combinations and conspiracies that impose unreasonable restraints upon interstate and foreign trade. Clear and intentional violations of the Sherman Act may be prosecuted as felonies by the Department of Justice. The penalties for a Sherman Act violation depend on whether the defendant is a corporation or an individual.

Corporations may be fined up to $100 million, or up to twice the amount that the conspirators gained or twice the amount that the victims lost, if this amount is greater than $100 million. An individual who is convicted of a violation of the Sherman Act may be fined as much as $1 million and sent to federal prison for up to 10 years.

Clayton Antitrust Act

The Clayton Act was passed in 1914, and it serves to clarify and add to the provisions of the Sherman Act. It prohibits activities such as price discrimination, price fixing, unfair business practices and others.

Unlike the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act only provides for civil enforcement, with penalties including monetary damages awarded in favor of the plaintiff and injunctive relief that can include divestment of assets.

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