Antitrust laws were created to prevent monopolies or guard against businesses gaining an unfair business advantages such as price fixing, bid rigging schemes, or target collusion.
Antitrust laws often come into play when two large companies merge or work in concert to restrain trade and defeat competitive markets.
Antitrust lawyers in Florida defend businesses during a merger review, in civil investigations and throughout litigation against state or federal actions by the Attorney General's Office or the Federal Trade Commission. Related topics include administrative law, business law and commercial litigation.
Florida Bar Board Certification in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law - Florida's board specialty certification program defines the term "antitrust and trade regulation law" as the practice of law "dealing with anti-competitive conduct or structure that may reduce consumer welfare in the United States."
Lawyers certified in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization must meet minimum standards for antitrust and trade regulation law certification, provided in Rule 6-22.3, include: substantial involvement in the specialty of antitrust and trade regulation law, handling of at least 8 matters that substantially involved antitrust or trade regulation law, handling of at least 8 contested matters (50% or more) involving antitrust or trade regulation law, 50 hours of approved antitrust and trade regulation law certification continuing legal education. Attorneys also submit to peer review; and a written examination.
Under Rule 6-22.2, the definition of antitrust law also includes "deceptive, unfair, or unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair methods of competition under the Federal Trade Commission Act and Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act."
Antitrust laws also involve "price fixes, limitations on production, division of markets, boycotts, attempts to monopolize and monopolization, tying of products, covenants to restrain trade, exclusive dealing contracts, price discrimination, and other exclusionary, predatory, or economically discriminatory activities."
Rule 6-22.2 provides that "trade regulation law" covers the substantive area of law dealing with "deceptive, unfair, or unconscionable acts or practices, and unfair methods of competition under the Federal Trade Commission Act and Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act."