Antitrust Violations Attorney in Maryland
U.S. antitrust law (known in other English-speaking countries as “competition law”) comprises three main statutes: the Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of 1914, and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. Together, these Acts regulate corporate organization and conduct at both the state and federal level.
If you are facing antitrust violations charges, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. There are certain things you must do right away to protect yourself. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we fight for the rights of the accused in Baltimore, Annapolis, Bel Air, and throughout Maryland. We act quickly to help you fully understand your rights and assess your legal options.
Contact us online or by phone at (443) 709-9999 to request a free and confidential case evaluation with one of our antitrust violations attorneys in Baltimore.
Practices that Are Banned under Antitrust Laws
At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, Congress passed antitrust legislation in an effort to prohibit unreasonable and unfair business practices.
Together, the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, and Federal Trade Commission Act ban:
- Unreasonable restraint of trade, including conspiracy to commit restraint of trade
- Attempted or actual monopolization or conspiracy to monopolize
- Acquisitions and mergers with the intent or effect of minimizing competition/monopolizing
- Failure of large companies/corporations to notify the government of mergers/acquisitions
- Certain unfair or discriminatory services, prices, and/or allowances for merchants
- Certain acts that are a conflict of interest, such as interlocking directorates
- Deceptive business practices and/or unfair acts or methods of competition
This list is not exhaustive but rather comprises some of the most common acts that are prohibited under U.S. antitrust laws. While many alleged violations are resolved through civil action, an alleged flagrant violation of these laws can result in criminal penalties, including up to $1 million (for individuals) or $100 million (for companies) in fines or more. Individuals convicted of antitrust violations may also face up to 10 years in prison.
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If you have been accused of unfair, deceptive, or illegal business practices, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Antitrust violations can be prosecuted at both the state and federal level, which is why it is crucial that you hire an attorney who understands both court systems. Our Baltimore-based antitrust attorneys can help you build a solid defense and work to defend your rights.
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