Criminal antitrust prosecutions are common occurrences and complex proceedings. The Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice regularly investigates and prosecutes business collusion activities such as price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation schemes. Defendants are most commonly prosecuted under the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act. The Sherman Act generally prohibits any agreement among businesses that unreasonably restrains competition, while its successor the Clayton Act broadens the scope of antitrust legislation to include individualized schemes such as price discrimination and allow greater regulation of monopolies.
The federal antitrust statutes have been around a long time (the Sherman Act was originally passed in 1890), and have been the subject of active judicial interpretation. Thus, a firm understanding of both the statutes and the case law surrounding them is vital to a successful defense against a charge of antitrust violation. The antitrust attorneys at Parkman White, LLP have years of trial experience defending clients charged with antitrust violations. If you have been charged with an antitrust-related crime, contact the professionals at Parkman White, LLP now at 205-502-2000 for a free consultation.