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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

The 'very reliable' antitrust litigators at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'seamlessly work together' and the team recently welcomed Ted Hassi from O'Melveny & Myers LLP to its Washington DC office. The 'bright, prompt and professional' Michael Schaper is one client's 'go-to expert'; he recently led advice to Toyota and its affiliates in relation to civil litigation and class actions arising from the landmark global auto parts cartel. In other highlights, counsel Erica Weisgerber and Gary Kubek are representing the Bank of Yokohama in two multi-defendant putative class actions alleging manipulation of Euroyen, TIBOR and Yen-Libor interest rate benchmarks. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Daniel Abuhoff and Gary Kubek jointly lead the antitrust offering at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from New York. In recent highlights, the team acted for Discovery in its high-profile, high-value acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and a team including counsel Erica Weisgerber advised TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Strowe on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Kindred Healthcare. Other key names in New York include Michael Schaper and Kyra Bromley. In Washington DC, Ted Hassi joined the practice from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides ‘the very best in trademark litigation representation’ and has ‘a breadth of experience across all industries and sectors’. David Bernstein is hailed as the ‘best trademark litigator in the country’ and heads the practice alongside ‘trademark litigation superstar’ Jeremy Feigelson. Cross-border litigation is a particular specialty, with the team recently representing WeWork Companies in a multi-jurisdictional dispute that resulted in the global rebranding of UrWork, a similarly named China-based competitor of the client. Bernstein and Michael Schaper are also currently acting for Costco Wholesale Corp in an attempt to appeal a ruling that the client willingly infringed and counterfeited the trademark of Tiffany & Company. Jyotin Hamid is recommended for his ‘tremendous knowledge and experience’, while counsel Megan Bannigan ‘translates complex legal issues into clear pragmatic legal advice’. Named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation

Within: Advertising and marketing: litigation

With particular experience advising clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and retail sectors, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's New York-based practice handles a range of intellectual property and false advertising litigation before the courts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Advertising Division (NAD). A team led by practice head David Bernstein and cybersecurity and data privacy partner Jeremy Feigelson successfully settled false advertising litigation brought by Guardant Healt against its client Foundation Medicine relating to the companies' competing cancer testing products. Jyotin Hamid and Bernstein lead a team including counsel Megan Bannigan which continues to represent Merck KGaA in coordination of global false advertising litigation pending in 11 jurisdictions. In another work highlight, the practice advised BA Sports Nutrition before the NAD in a challenge brought by Stokley Van-Camp, which has now been referred to the FTC. Other key names to note include Michael Schaper, James Pastore and Washington DC-based healthcare sector expert Paul Rubin. The group's impressive client roster also includes American Express, L’Oreal USA, Costco Wholesale Corporation and Unilever.

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