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John Taladay

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Litigation/ Antitrust Group/ White Collar & Corporate Investigations Group


Mr. Taladay has extensive experience in complex merger reviews, cartel investigations, and anticompetitive practice cases before the FTC, DOJ, European Commission and other international agencies. He is recognized for his international competition policy leadership and his expertise in the technology, media, telecommunications, software and pharmaceuticals sectors, and traditional industries including automotive, mining, metals, agriculture, chemicals and electronics.




District of Columbia Bar; United State Supreme Court; United States District Court for the District of Columbia


LL.M. Georgetown, 1999; J.D., University of North Carolina, 1989; B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1986

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

Baker Botts L.L.P. represents high-profile clients in some of the country’s most important cartel investigations. The 32-strong team was boosted by the return of Stephen Weissman, who rejoined the firm in November 2015 following a tenure as deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The group recently handled matters related to investigations into the autoparts industry, the forex market and the pharmaceuticals sector, representing before the DOJ as well as international antitrust agencies. In a recent price-fixing matter, practice co-head John Taladay successfully represented Philips and PLDS in all aspects of a DOJ investigation. Other notable clients include Dresser-Rand and Caterpillar. Joseph Ostoyich co-chairs the firm’s litigation department. All attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘top-notch in terms of overall responsiveness, client service and budget discipline’. The return of Stephen Weissman, who served as deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, has ‘considerably strengthened the practice’. The greater part of the group resides in Washington DC, including the ‘highly valuable’ James Kress, John Taladay and Erik Koons, who is praised for his ‘creative approach and excellent substantive knowledge’. Joseph Ostoyich, Thomas Dillickrath, William Henry and William Lavery successfully dismissed, on behalf of Olin Corporation, a direct purchaser class action alleging that the manufacturer had entered into a market allocation agreement in violation of the Sherman Act. Other clients include Philips, Halliburton and the newly won Harold Levinson Associates.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a steady flow of merger clearance work, often as part of cross-border transactions. Oilfield services company Halliburton retained the firm to assist with antitrust issues surrounding its $34.6bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, with Sean Boland, Paul Cuomo and Thomas Fina taking the lead. Another client is Israel Chemicals, which owns the exclusive mineral rights for the Dead Sea. Stephen Weissman, a former deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, rejoined the firm, and now co-chairs the US antitrust practice with John Taladay. The lawyers mentioned are all based in Washington DC.

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