Louisiana readers may have heard that State Farm has been accused of engaging in unfair trade practices and violating antitrust laws by leading its consumers to utilize repair shops preferred by State Farm. These repair shops are more or less required to abide by insurance estimates regarding the cost of repairs. Naturally, insurance companies want to keep these costs as low as possible. The problem is that when insurance companies low-ball repair estimates, this forces repair shops to perform substandard repairs.
Most of our readers have heard, at some point, of the Federal Trade Commission, which is an independent agency of the federal government charged with promoting consumer protection and preventing antitrust violations among businesses. Under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the agency is given the authority to investigate and prevent unfair or deceptive acts or practice in commerce.
Under federal law, employers are required to abide by laws concerning discrimination and retaliation. Very often, these two issues go together, since retaliation is a common response to an employee’s filing of a discrimination complaint.