Alioto Legal is dedicated to protecting and fighting for businesses and consumers who are harmed by large companies that abuse their market power. Often this harm is felt when small or medium-sized businesses or consumers pay higher-than-competitive prices. But businesses can also suffer injury when their large competitors prevent them from accessing markets, when their anticompetitive supplier refuses to sell or service its products, when dealers are unfairly terminated by a manufacturer, or when businesses’ ability to compete is otherwise threatened. Plaintiffs in such cases, who pay higher prices, lose profits, or lose the value of their businesses, can be awarded three times their actual damages.
Alioto Legal litigates cases on behalf of plaintiffs in cases involving price fixing, monopoly, attempted monopoly, refusals to deal, price discrimination, bid rigging, group boycotts, tying arrangements, and companies’ refusal to sell to certain customers (divisions of markets or customers among competitors). Alioto Legal’s principal, Joseph Alioto Jr., has litigated federal Sherman Act and Clayton Act cases, as well as California Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) cases in the pharmaceutical, banking, computer parts manufacturing, HVAC, LCD displays, freight railroads, airlines, trucking, food, software, and beer industries, among others. His practice includes cases before the Supreme Court of California, the Second Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. In 2010, he was named California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year in antitrust law for successfully defeating over 20 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies on behalf of a group of small, independent pharmacies at the Supreme Court of California.
How do you know if you have suffered competitive harm?