by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
I’ve written before about the State Bar’s attempts at preventing LegalZoom from offering its online self-help legal services in North Carolina. Now, LegalZoom has turned the tables by filing a complaint against the Bar asking for damanges and injuctive relielf. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
In the latest development, the discount legal services company filed an antitrust lawsuit against the bar, accusing the state agency of “unlawful monopolization” in violation of the Sherman Act, the primary U.S. antitrust statute. LegalZoom seeks more than $10.5 million in damages….
“LegalZoom has been compelled to file this lawsuit because the Defendants are illegally and unreasonably restraining trade in the market for legal services,” says the complaint, which was filed Wednesday in federal court in North Carolina.