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Antitrust Litigation

ederal antitrust laws seek to control the exercise of private economic power by preventing monopoly, punishing cartels and otherwise protecting competition. The antitrust laws exist to keep markets competitive and businesses free to receive the best goods and services at the lowest possible prices. These laws ensure the protection of consumers by making it unlawful for competing companies to enter into anticompetitive agreements as well as by making it unlawful for companies to acquire or maintain a monopoly in a manner that harms consumers. Common examples of antitrust violations include: Price-Fixing - when competing companies agree to set the price of similar products or services at pre-determined maximum or minimum prices; Tying - when a company conditions the purchase of a product or service a purchaser wants on the purchase of a product or service the purchaser may not want; Predatory Pricing - when a company sells a product or service below cost with the purpose of driving a competitor out of business; Monopolization -- When a company attempts or conspires to gain monopoly power over a particular market. The Sherman Act's chief innovation was to authorize public and private enforcement of prohibitions against restraints of trade. The federal antitrust statutes decentralize the power to prosecute violations. Enforcement authority is vested not only in the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, but also is vested in state governments, private corporations and individuals - all of whom may seek injunctive relief and treble damages. Specifically, the Clayton Act authorizes private parties to sue for treble damages and injunctive relief to remedy federal antitrust violations. Successful private plaintiffs are also entitled to recover attorney's fees.

Bolognese & Associates is a nationally recognized leader in the area of antitrust litigation, and has served in a leadership role in many of the most important and substantial antitrust cases. For over 20 years, the firm's attorneys have represented individuals and businesses in antitrust class action suits to recover damages resulting from violations of the federal and state antitrust laws, including actions involving price-fixing, customer allocation, geographical allocation and other forms of anticompetitive conduct involving a broad array of products and services. These actions have resulted in recoveries for our clients totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, and have, in several instances, resulted in substantial industry-wide therapeutic measures and other reforms designed to enhance competition and prevent future antitrust violations.

The firm has also acted as counsel to individual claimants who have excluded themselves, or "opted out," of nationwide class actions, primarily price-fixing and monopolization actions, to pursue their antitrust claims independently of the plaintiff class. The firm's experience in evaluating and pursuing opt-out representation in select instances provides the firm's clients with the option of deciding how best to pursue their claims and vindicate their interests.
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