We have extensive experience defending and prosecuting matters involving business practices and actions charged with being “unfair” competition or “anti-consumer,” both under U.S. state and federal laws as well as other sovereign legal or regulatory schemes. For example, certain American states, including California, New York and New Jersey, have especially strong consumer protection statutes (such as Section 17200 of the California Business and Professions Code) that are invoked against business interests with frequency. Reed Smith has substantial experience defending claims under these particular laws. On the other side of the Atlantic, we have a number of litigators who are well versed in handling passing off/unfair competition claims. We also advise on all aspects of EU and UK competition laws, including governmental or regulatory barriers to trade, restrictions on freedom to provide services and fiscal harmonisation. We advise clients who may be adversely affected by anti-competitive practices or agreements, including filing and pursuing complaints with the appropriate authorities or instituting proceedings.