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Joseph Ostoyich

Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Litigation / Antitrust / Antitrust & Competition Law Group


oseph Ostoyich is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department in Washington, D.C. He has more than two decades of experience representing some of the world’s leading companies in price fixing, monopolization and the full gamut of antitrust litigation in U.S. courts and in investigations and merger reviews by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and government authorities around the world. He has represented clients in bet-the-company competitor and class action lawsuits, including more than a dozen different class action clusters in the paper, chemical, foundry, energy, transportation and agricultural commodities industries.


Litigation Department Chair/Antitrust Group in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ostoyich has nearly twenty-five years of experience defending price fixing, monopolization, and other bet-the-company antitrust cases in federal courts across the country, including nearly two dozen class action antitrust case clusters. His most recent trial victory was a defense verdict in a price fixing case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Ostoyich also has considerable experience in obtaining merger clearance from the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and governmental authorities around the world.




U.S. Supreme Court, D. C. Circuit, Third Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, multiple district courts.


is J.D. University of Chicago, B.A. Cornell University (with distinction in all subjects)

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

In 2016, Baker Botts L.L.P. represented Royal Philips in landmark multi-district litigation (MDL), in which it successfully pleaded the client’s withdrawal from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among cathode ray tube (CRT) manufacturers. The firm also previously assisted the client with avoiding a fine in a related DOJ investigation. Elsewhere, it acts for clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and matters before the European Commission, among other antitrust authorities. John Taladay and Stephen Weissman are co-chairs of the antitrust practice, which also includes the highly regarded Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and James Rill.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Although Baker Botts L.L.P.’s civil antitrust litigation work is primarily weighted towards representing defendants, it also handles a notable share of opt-out cases and class action work for plaintiffs. The firm has undertaken a significant amount of work for Royal Philips recently; in a recent highlight, John Taladay, Erik Koons, Van Beckwith (Dallas) and Stuart Plunkett (San Francisco) assisted the client with obtaining a landmark summary judgment in an MDL involving allegations of a global price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The firm has also handled mandates for clients such as McWane Inc, Eaton Corporation and Harold Levinson Associates. Stephen Weissman, Joseph Ostoyich (‘the consummate consigliere in terms of client service’), James Kress and William Lavery are among other notable partners in the team, which saw Tom Dillickrath join the FTC as deputy chief trial counsel. Plunkett, who has particular expertise in representing technology companies in antitrust disputes, joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s highly regarded team, which is led by Stephen Weissman and John Taladay, also includes Sean Boland, who ‘knows how to orchestrate a persuasive presentation to the agencies’ and Paul Cuomo. Also recommended is Joseph Ostoyich, who has ‘excellent recall, in-depth knowledge and exceptionally good judgment’. Recent highlights included advising Boehringer Ingelheim on the antitrust aspects of a complex $12.6bn asset swap transaction with Sanofi, and assisting Liberty Media with obtaining multi-jurisdictional clearances for its $8bn acquisition of Formula One from a consortium of sellers led by CVC. Michael Perry joined the firm in 2016, having previously served as counsel to the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Stuart Plunkett joined in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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