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Steven Reiss has represented a wide range of companies in major international antitrust investigations and civil litigations, including those involving the airlines, auction houses, auto parts, freight forwarders, cathode ray tubes, vitamins, lysine, carbon fiber, EPDM rubber, orthopedic implants and graphite electrodes industries. A nationally recognized expert in complex civil, criminal and international matters, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in major class action litigation and recently secured a landmark class settlement with a performing rights organization on behalf of all commercial television stations in the United States.
United States: Antitrust
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s cartel team is headed by Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock. While the firm is predominantly known for its high-profile work in merger clearance and litigation, recent work includes a number of representations before the DOJ and international agencies. Acting for Bridgestone Corporation in a criminal investigation into the sale of anti-vibration rubber components for automobiles is a case in point.
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is praised for its ‘excellent expertise in complex antitrust matters’. The practice is very active in the media industry; New York-based Eric Hochstadt and Steven Reiss represented a group of local television stations as plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging violations of the Sherman Act relating to the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers’ licensing practices for access to its repertory of musical performances. On the defense side, Washington DC-based Carrie Mahan Anderson (who was also part of the team advising the local television stations) successfully obtained the dismissal, on behalf of all defendants, including client Michael Foods, of an indirect purchaser class action in the Re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation. UnitedHealthCare, CBS and Hilton Worldwide are also clients.
United States: Dispute resolution
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s appellate practice is headed by former assistant solicitor general for New York Gregory Silbert and former US Supreme Court clerk Steven Reiss. The team represented publisher Simon & Schuster in antitrust proceedings against Apple regarding the alleged price-fixing of certain e-books; the Second Circuit ultimately found against Apple. The appellate practice includes a patent sub-group, which is led by Edward Reines in the Silicon Valley office; recent highlights include its successful defense of Microsoft in the Federal Circuit against allegations of patent infringement brought by Allvoice Developments.