Practice Areas

Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Competition is fierce in today's economy.  Numerous federal and state laws exist to ensure that business competitors operate fairly and without restraints of trade. Christian & Barton assists its clients in designing effective strategies to comply with antitrust, trade regulation and unfair competition laws.  Our goal is to help clients avoid the complex litigation that can develop should they run afoul of these laws.

Our extensive knowledge of these laws helps our clients maintain a competitive edge.  We work with clients to develop policies for antitrust compliance, including internal audit and document retention programs.  We help them assess mergers, acquisitions, advertising programs, contacts among competitors, cooperative arrangements and joint ventures.  Our attorneys routinely prepare pre-merger notification reports to the federal government under the provisions of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Christian & Barton’s antitrust and trade regulation practice has allowed us to develop industry-specific knowledge in a number of areas, including health care; publishing, broadcasting and telecommunications; regulated utilities; and municipal activity.  In the health care arena, for example, we advise institutional administrators on the antitrust implications of staff privilege decisions and contracts between hospitals and other providers.  We evaluate provider networks and other joint venture arrangements for the delivery and management of health care.  In the field of mass media, we counsel on the competitive implications of mergers and acquisitions, media convergence and cross-ownership.

We are experienced in responding to federal and state antitrust investigations, both civil and criminal, and in litigating antitrust cases in the federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.  Moreover, we have developed effective working relationships with enforcement agencies such as the Antitrust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys' general offices.

Christian & Barton lawyers frequently are asked to teach civic, business and educational groups about emerging issues in the field of antitrust and trade regulation law.