Free and open markets are the foundation of a vibrant economy. Aggressive competition among sellers in an open marketplace gives individuals and businesses the benefits of lower prices, higher quality products and services, more choices, and greater innovation. Price adjustments, competitive price matching, and territorial divisions may look like a pattern of price fixing and anti-trust activity to white collar crime prosecutors.
Under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act competitors may not determine costs of goods or services in a way that harms the public. Sherman anti-trust investigations can take many forms. Recent focuses of Sherman anti-trust investigations have included bid-rigging and price fixing. Frequently Sherman anti-trust investigations include allegations of other white collar crimes such as money laundering, wire fraud or mail fraud.
White collar crime allegations of Sherman anti-trust violations are very serious. The Sherman Anti-Trust Act allows not only lengthy prison terms for convictions of bid-rigging and price fixing but also for significant fines. It is essential to hire a white collar criminal defense lawyer experienced in mounting aggressive defenses to Sherman Anti-Trust Act violations. The best white collar crime defenses are started before an indictment. Defending against white collar crimes including Sherman anti-trust allegations requires a defense team led by a seasoned white collar defense attorney that also includes experts and investigators.