Antitrust and competition law was founded on the belief that the economy works best when competitors compete fairly and lawfully. Federal and state statutes and court decisions affect many aspects of our competitive economy. Both federal and state laws prohibit collusion among competitors and protect companies from false, deceptive and corrupt trade practices. Prohibited acts may involve pricing agreements between competitors, trade secret misappropriation, theft of company secrets, employee tampering, improper intellectual property disclosure, false advertising, disparagement, employee raiding, and violations of covenants not to compete.
In order to operate efficiently, companies must retain counsel who understand this constantly changing landscape. Ajamie advises corporations, trade associations, and individuals on compliance with state and federal antitrust, competition, and trade laws. We are knowledgeable in the protections afforded by Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, federal and state fraud statutes, trade secret laws, the Robinson-Patman, Clayton and Sherman Antitrust Acts, as well as trade dress and trade disparagement claims. We have represented clients from nearly every industry and profession on antitrust and competition matters. This experience gives us a unique perspective in evaluating issues relating to antitrust and creating solutions that minimize our clients’ exposure to risk.
We help our clients avoid antitrust lawsuits and, when necessary, defend them. The firm has a distinguished history of successfully defending antitrust claims. One of our most well-known cases resulted in the dismissal of all claims against a major utility company in connection with the Panhandle interstate gas pipeline system in an antitrust lawsuit alleging conspiracy to monopolize, tying and a group boycott. Our lawyers defended the nation’s second largest funeral services company against a $4 billion hostile takeover bid by the largest funeral services corporation in the United States. We also aid in drafting enforceable contracts and non-compete agreements.
We are equipped to handle cross-border litigation involving complex competition issues. Our extensive network of global resources enables us to draw on the experience of legal professionals worldwide to offer comprehensive advice on domestic and international trade restrictions and regulations.