The Attorney General's Antitrust Division enforces state and federal antitrust laws through civil investigations and litigation under authority granted by Florida Statute Chapter 542. Since Attorney General Pam Bondi has taken office, the Antitrust Division has recovered nearly $185 million on behalf of Florida’s citizens and taxpayers and state and local public entities in Florida.
The Antitrust Division performs the following:
- Preserves competition by reviewing proposed mergers and acquisitions. A merger review is triggered when activity may result in reduced competition resulting in adverse affects to Floridians;
- Serves as a competition advocate and provides antitrust counsel for the State and State agencies. The Division regularly reviews administrative rules proposed by professional boards for potential anti-competitive consequences and consults with Administrative Law Section attorneys with consequential concerns; and
- Conducts presentations to help state and local procurement officials identify bid-rigging schemes and participates in education seminars for government and private attorneys nationally and through the Florida Bar.
Under the authority of the “Florida Health Care Community Antirust Guidance Act,” Florida Statute 408.18, the Attorney General is also authorized to provide health care community members with antitrust guidance. The Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing mergers, joint ventures and other joint activity affecting the delivery of health care. After a requested review is complete, the Division will either issue a no action letter, decline to issue any type of letter, or take another position deemed appropriate.