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Antitrust Questions & Answers

Q: Telecom disconnects service without notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Antitrust and Communications Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 14, 2019
Jonathan David Warner's answer
If the bill was not paid, they have the right to disconnect.

Good luck.

Q: For about 8 months or more, my cell phone was illegaly wiretapped by law enforcement? What can I do? I have proof.

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust, Civil Litigation, Identity Theft and Personal Injury on
Answered on Feb 4, 2019
Peter Munsing's answer
Suggest you contact the Texas Civil Liberties union and ask for the names of cooperating attorneys near to where you live. You would have to show damages--some are implied, others not.

Q: I went for an interview at USCIS with my wife and she got arrested during the interview.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Antitrust for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
Sir, I'm sorry this has been so difficult for you and your wife.

When will she be released from prison? Can you postpone the interview until then?

The best advice I can give you is to find a good immigration lawyer. A couple suggestions: State Bar of Georgia in Atlanta has a free lawyer referral service. Google them and find the tel # and call them and ask them for a list of immigration lawyers in your county. Next suggestion, go to the website for American Immigration...

Q: If a government agency causes a company to go bankrupt because of an agency decision that breaks the law...

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust, Business Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
It depends on the circumstances. Despite what we would like to believe, most government agencies are not perfect because they are staffed by government workers who sometimes don't care about their jobs. I have run into this problem many times, and there us no way to win once the agency makes it's decision. Your only alternative then is to sue them, and that is both expensive and time-consuming. And by the time you get a decision from the agency, your business is probably ruined anyway....

Q: What's the best way for consumers to report potential price-fixing schemes?

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
Price fixing takes place when competitors enter into an agreement to set prices of goods, at the expense of their customers and the free trading market. If you identify a price fixing scheme, you have the ability to take action against the price fixers. If you believe the price fixers are breaking state law, you can contact your State Attorney General. If the price fixers are breaking federal antitrust laws, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

Q: I was just curious if it is illegal to let someone look at your check and compare it to theirs

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Antitrust, Banking and Business Law for New Jersey on
Answered on May 19, 2018
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
How could that possibly be against the law?

Q: I am a realtor and I have an anti-trust law question.

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust and Real Estate Law for North Dakota on
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
Lucas Wynne's answer
To the contrary, it would likely be an anti-trust violation if you somehow prevented those buyers from participating freely in the real estate market or prohibiting them from contacting certain agents. There is a grave difference between an anti-trust violation and an unfair advantage. It does not sound like the other agent participated in any form of collusion, price fixing, etc. Instead, it sounds like you had potential buyers who did not sign any contract with you that then found a house...

Q: Wife disappeared, took our 3 kids out of state without notice or answering phone for weeks. Enrolled them in school but

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Antitrust and Child Custody for Florida on
Answered on Feb 22, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You can file for divorce where you live. Once she is served you can ask the court to order her to return the kids to where you live. The longer she is away and establishing the children in a new city, the more difficult it will be for you.

Q: Can a sign shop owner who has classes have T&C that keep participants from opening up a sign shop in a 200 mile radius?

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust, Land Use & Zoning, Business Law and Consumer Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 1, 2018
Andy Wayne Williamson's answer
Short answer, I don't think so, but it doesn't mean that the sign shop owner cannot try. Typically agreements like you describe are apart of an employment agreement and are referred to as a non compete agreement.

I suggest that a consult with an attorney in your area may be appropriate to make sure any documents ect are viewed by the attorney and then specific advice given.

Q: How do I report an antitrust violation?

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Nov 29, 2017
Daniel Low's answer
You can report the violation to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division at https://www.justice.gov/atr/report-violations. Or the California Attorney General's Office at https://oag.ca.gov/consumers. If possible, I would recommend discussing the issue with a lawyer before you report it. Many lawyers on this site offer free initial consultations, and can advise you on the best way to present the issue to the authorities, and protect any interests you may have that may be implicated...

Q: My eBay listing keeps getting removed because my "listing used their copyrighted image without permission."

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Antitrust, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 7, 2017
Benton R Patterson III's answer
Try the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They sometimes take cases involving DMCA harassment pro bono.

Q: Is it possible for buyers (rather than sellers) to be accused of price-fixing?

2 Answers | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
Absolutely yes. Fixing the price of goods or services purchased by buyers is just as per se unlawful as price fixing among sellers.

Q: Can I sell my products to some distributors at a lower price than others?

2 Answers | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Jul 25, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Typically, yes, but it depends on how you're setting these prices. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...

Q: What are the factors that qualify a business as a monopoly?

2 Answers | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Jul 8, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
An illegal monopoly differs from a monopoly. Very generally speaking, one must prove the illegal monopoly has implemented some sort of unfair business practice, and it possesses roughly 90%+ of the market share. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice...

Q: Do antitrust laws apply to individual people or just corporations?

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on Jun 14, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
They apply to a business, regardless of the form of the business entity. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child...

Q: What some legally significant signs that might indicate a business has an unlawful monopoly in my town?

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust for California on
Answered on May 26, 2017
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
There are many types of unfair business practices that would make a monopoly illegal. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...

Q: Antitrust if a large Corp was willing to restructure debt contingent on defaulting a lease of their competitor

1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust for Colorado on
Answered on May 2, 2017
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
It's not possible to give a solid antitrust view of this issue with the facts you supplied. Generally. a firm can act to harm competitors, by any means, if it acts alone -- unless it has monopoly power in the relevant market. Putting competitors out of business is encouraged...that's what's competition is all about. You may have a "business tort"

claim, but not an antitrust cause of actin.

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