On March 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced its intention to investigate those violating antitrust laws in connection with the sale of coronavirus public health products such as sterile gloves, face masks, and respirators.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-cautions-business-community-against-violating-antitrust-laws-manufacturing

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak here and abroad, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr advised that “the Department of Justice stands ready to make sure that bad actors do not take advantage of emergency response efforts, healthcare providers, or the American people during this crucial time.”  

Specifically, the Antitrust Division’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force will investigate and prosecute individuals and companies that fix prices, rig bids, or allocate markets for personal health equipment being sold in the United States.  These fraudulent schemes can result in lengthy prison sentences and large criminal fines for those convicted of such federal crimes, while causing severe economic harm to those victimized.

If you are a victim of or being investigated for this type of fraud, please consider the experienced antitrust attorneys at Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard, who will zealously preserve and defend your rights during this national crisis.