Antitrust Litigation

Antitrust law (referred to as “competition law” in other English-speaking countries) is designed to promote fair competition by protecting trade and commerce from unlawful restraints and monopolies or unfair business practices. The core federal antitrust laws in the United States are the Sherman Antitrust Act passed in 1890 and the Clayton Antitrust Act and Federal Trade Commission Act, both passed in 1914.

Examples of litigation issues alleging violations of antitrust laws include actual or attempted monopolization, restriction of competition, price fixing, tying, monopsony (only one buyer), unfair trade practices, bid rigging, price discrimination, fraudulent patent procurement, merger and dealer restraint, and market allocation.

An economic expert’s work on an antitrust case might involve the economic analysis of markets, product market definitions, entry conditions, product substitutability, repeat sales analysis, price analysis, willingness to pay surveys, and patent misuse.

Economists at Litigation Economics, led by practice leader Dr. Gauri Prakash-Canjels, have extensive experience assessing economic damages in antitrust litigation.