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Commercial Litigation, Antitrust/Competition, White Collar/Investigations, Intellectual Property
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United States: Antitrust
White & Case LLP’s antitrust department has been extremely busy in cartel-related work, an area where it enjoys a very good reputation. ‘It is difficult to receive better service’ said one client; the lawyers have ‘extensive trial experience, don’t let balls drop and communicate extremely well’. Following a seven-year, multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigation into the firm’s client, Nexans, a manufacturer of copper and optical fiber cable products, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division finally admitted defeat. Another key client is Toshiba, which the firm represented in multiple cases related to cathode ray tubes (CRT) and lithium-ion batteries. The department, which is headed by Mark Gidley, also acted for clients in investigations into the autoparts, capacitors, chemical and hi-tech industries. Martin Toto in New York has ‘an excellent feel for arguments that will work before a jury’, and Christopher Curran’s ‘cross-examinations are brilliant’.
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
White & Case LLP has ‘extensive trial experience’ and is noted for its string of major litigation successes against plaintiffs and US competition authorities. A recent such highlight was defending Toshiba against price-fixing claims brought by Motorola relating to the purchase of LCD panels; Christopher Curran (‘able to impartially assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case as a jury would see them’) and Martin Toto (‘capable of making an experienced opposing expert look ridiculous in cross-examination’) were part of a cross-office team that obtained the dismissal of all of Motorola’s claims following a Supreme Court decision to deny Motorola’s request for certiorari. The practice, headed by Mark Gidley, features prominently in pharmaceutical antitrust disputes and recent clients include Warner Chilcott, Novartis and Pfizer.
United States: Dispute resolution
Within: International litigation
White & Case LLP is best known for its expertise in international arbitration, but the firm also has a strong commercial litigation group that caters to corporate clients as well as some states and state-owned entities. Owen Pell, for instance, defended Tyumen Oil Company (TNK-BP) in a case brought by Norex Petroleum alleging misappropriation of its shareholder interest in a Russian oil company that became a TNK-BP subsidiary. The claims were dismissed in August 2015 by the New York Supreme Court. Elsewhere, Washington DC-based Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb were lead counsel for the Sudan in several lawsuits in the US regarding the provision of resources to militants responsible for the bombings of two American embassies in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. In another highlight, Pell and Gregory Starner represented Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank in a securities fraud case in the Southern District of New York.
White-collar criminal defense
Within: White-collar criminal defense
Lawyers at the ‘excellent’ White & Case LLP are ‘always responsive and spot-on in the advice they give’, and the firm has particular expertise in handling cross-border disputes. Washington DC lawyers Christopher Curran and Nicole Erb are among those representing the Republic of the Sudan in several lawsuits that relate to allegations of supporting the terrorists responsible for attacks on two US embassies in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. In New York, Kenneth Caruso and global commercial litigation chair Glenn Kurtz represented a number of banks in proceedings concerning OFAC sanctions, and secured a ruling in favor of their clients from the Second Circuit. Other key figures at the practice include Scott Hershman and Owen Pell in New York and Aalok Sharma in Los Angeles.