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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is among the standout names defending clients in bet-the-company antitrust litigation. Richard Feinstein, recently promoted partner Nicholas Widnell and Greg Dubinsky represented Carolinas HealthCare in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the North Carolina attorney general over allegedly anti-competitive healthcare system contract provisions. In addition, James Denvir III, Scott Gant and Michael Mitchell successfully defended Delta Air Lines in an MDL in which it had been alleged that it colluded with AirTran Airways over a first checked baggage fee. New York-based Donald Flexner heads up the department. Armonk-based David Boies is also a key figure. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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According to clients, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘service is top notch and consistent with our expectations of one of the top antitrust practices in the world’. A recent highlight saw Mark Nelson and Jeremy Calsyn successfully defend Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and its US subsidiary K-Line America against class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of ocean vehicle carrier services. Brian Byrne is acting for HSBC in putative class actions wherein it is alleged that the client colluded with other financial institutions to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. George Cary, Kenneth Reinker and Elaine Ewing are among other recommended individuals. Mark Leddy in New York became co-chair of the global competition practice in 2017. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC. Daniel Culley divides his time between the Brussels and Washington DC offices.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s broad practice includes class actions and MDLs, opt-out litigation and merger challenges. A team including Jarrett Arp in Washington DC and New York-based Mark Kirsch, Eric Stock and Lawrence Zweifach is defending UBS in more than a dozen litigated matters in the Southern District of New York; these include cases involving interest rate benchmarks, foreign exchange and precious metals. Daniel Swanson, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Brussels, and Steven Sletten in Los Angeles are representing Chevron in a putative class action in which it is alleged that the client was part of a price-fixing conspiracy with other oil and gas companies with refining operations in California. Swanson heads the antitrust practice with Scott Hammond and Sean Royall. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018; Peter Sullivan has retired. Cynthia Richman is also noted. Top antitrust litigator Richard Parker joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in June 2018. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Jones Day’s longstanding track record in complex and high-profile cases sees it act for clients such as Parker Hannifin, Indivior and Cardinal Health. Paula Render in Chicago and New York-based partners Henry Klehm and Tracy Schaffer are defending Deutsche Bank against a class action centered on alleged collusion among 12 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate the market for interest rate swaps. Washington DC-based practitioners Julia McEvoy and Rosanna McCalips are acting for Sanofi-Aventis US in a putative class action in which it is claimed that the client improperly filed certain patents in the Food and Drug Administration’s ‘Orange Book’ and engaged in patent litigation to delay competition for insulin product Lantus. John Majoras in Washington DC, Eric Enson, who divides his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Erin Shencopp in Chicago and Kate Wallace in Boston are among other key individuals. David Wales left the firm. Michael Gleason in Washington DC is also noted.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s expertise in behavioral matters spans the gamut of anti-competitive practices. Members of the Chicago office, including David Zott, Daniel Laytin and Jeffrey Zeiger, are defending the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and multi-state licensees Health Care Service Corporation and Highmark against a series of putative nationwide class actions; these relate to BCBSA’s licensing of its ‘Blue Cross’ and ‘Blue Shield’ marks in certain exclusive geographic territories. Tammy Tsoumas, Melissa Ingalls, Michael Baumann and Robyn Bladow (who are all based in Los Angeles) successfully defended DirecTV against class actions brought by residential and commercial subscribers to NFL Sunday Ticket over a broadcasting deal agreed between the client and the NFL. Other notable practitioners include James Mutchnik, Barack Echols and Christa Cottrell (all based in Chicago).

Latham & Watkins LLP delivers excellent results in high-stakes litigation. As an example, Amanda Reeves (who chairs the US antitrust practice alongside Christopher Yates in San Francisco), Lawrence Buterman in New York and Daniel Wall, also in San Francisco, successfully defended Genentech against a lawsuit brought by Russian drug manufacturer Biocad JSC over an alleged scheme to delay Biocad from entering into the US market generic versions of three cancer drugs. In the auto parts space, Marguerite Sullivan and others represented Sumitomo in MDL class action cases related to wire harnesses and heater control panels. Elsewhere, the firm is defending the US Soccer Federation (USSF) against a lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League (NASL) over the USSF’s allegedly anti-competitive division structure. In recent developments, Alan Devlin re-joined the firm from the FTC, while Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York were hired from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. San Francisco-based Kirsten Ferguson made partner. Margaret Zwisler is also noted. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s team in the US is jointly led by John Taladay and Stephen Weissman. It covers the full spectrum of behavioral issues which give rise to antitrust litigation, including monopolization, price-fixing, market allocation and patent misuse. Its wide-ranging workload includes civil cartel cases brought by the FTC, class actions involving direct and indirect purchasers, and opt-out litigation. Taladay, Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and William Lavery are representing Eaton Corporation in a series of direct and indirect purchaser class actions over an alleged conspiracy with four truck makers to monopolize the heavy-duty truck transmissions market. James Kress, Stuart Plunkett in San Francisco, Paul Cuomo, and Van Beckwith in Dallas are other key figures. Michael Perry joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has earned a strong reputation as a major player in class actions, individual actions and arbitrations. It represents many industry leaders and blue-chip companies from a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, transportation, chemicals and telecoms. Evan Chesler and David Marriott are the key partners representing Mylan Laboratories in a set of lawsuits related to alleged reverse payment settlement agreements between Cephalon and generic drug manufacturers. Daniel Slifkin, Michael Paskin and Damaris Hernández are defending Morgan Stanley in litigation brought by Tera Group over an alleged conspiracy among 12 credit default swap (CDS) dealers to boycott and block the emergence of Tera’s CDS trading platform. Kevin Orsini and Peter Barbur are recommended. Christine Varney leads the team. Other clients of the firm include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Alcon Laboratories and American Express.

Dechert LLP’s Steven Bizar and Christine Levin are representing RW Sauder in two trials (including class action litigation initiated by direct purchaser plaintiffs) over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among producers of shell eggs and egg products. Another ongoing matter involves George Gordon, counsel Stephen Brown and others defending Lannett Company in a generic pharmaceuticals price-fixing MDL. Washington DC-based Paul Denis, and Ethan Litwin in New York, are part of the team which is handling 100 putative class actions for American Airlines over allegations it colluded with three other US airlines to co-ordinate capacity for air passenger services. Michael Weiner, who heads the practice with Bizar, also practices in New York. The firm’s other work covers litigated DOJ/FTC merger challenges and regulatory proceedings. Named lawyers are based in Philadelphia, except where otherwise stated.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is sought after to defend companies against high-profile multibillion-dollar claims before federal and state courts nationwide. Its group includes Washington DC-based Justin Bernick, who is representing multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans in Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. Also located in Washington DC is Benjamin Holt, who is working with New York City practitioners Marc Gottridge, Dennis Tracey and senior associate DeNae Thomas to advise Société Générale on 30 individual and putative class actions arising from an alleged conspiracy among banks to manipulate the London Gold Fixing. Air Canada, American Express and United Healthcare are among other active clients. Edith Ramirez joined joined the Washington DC office from the FTC in 2017 to lead the US team, succeeding former head Janet McDavid. Since publication, Robert Robertson has moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s first-rate team fields a number of notable heavyweight practitioners, including antitrust practice chair Ian Simmons (‘a star of the antitrust bar’), Kenneth O’Rourke in Los Angeles, Katrina Robson and Ben Bradshaw. Andrew Frackman in New York and Ted Hassi are also recommended. In 2017, highlights for the team included representing Samsung in a case against Qualcomm at Seoul High Court, which involved a landmark decision on the competitive impact of licensing (or non-licensing) of standard essential patents. San Francisco-based Michael Tubach is representing Leoni Wiring Systems and Leonische Holding in class actions brought by multiple classes of plaintiffs over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the market for automotive wire harness systems. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s strengths in particularly complex, multidimensional antitrust litigation are underpinned by the fact that it acts for clients such as MasterCard, Becton Dickinson and Mitsubishi. Martin Flumenbaum, Kenneth Gallo and William Michael are defending Bumble Bee Seafoods against class action claims and in opt-out litigation in connection with an alleged packaged seafood price-fixing conspiracy. The firm is also representing Deutsche Bank in more than 50 individual and class actions connected with alleged manipulation of IBOR rates. Charles Rule, Robert Atkins, Craig Benson, Aidan Synnott, Jonathan Kanter and Joseph Bial are among other standout practitioners. Named practitioners are based in New York or Washington DC.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a longstanding track record defending clients in reputationally significant, high-value antitrust litigation. John Quinn and Michael Williams are representing boxing manager Alan Haymon and his companies at the Ninth Circuit in relation to claims brought by Oscar De La Hoya, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy companies and former boxer Bernard Hopkins that the clients unlawfully monopolized the markets for the management and promotion of ‘championship caliber boxers’. Harold Barza, Williams and Kristen Bird successfully defended JG Wentworth and Peach Holdings (known as Peachtree) against an antitrust lawsuit filed by Novation Ventures over the JG Wentworth’s acquisition of Peachtree (which had been a competitor) in 2011; Novation had claimed that the acquisition resulted in an illegal monopoly of the structured settlement market. Stephen Neuwirth, Steig Olson and Daniel Brockett are other names to note. Named practitioners are based in New York or Los Angeles.

White & Case LLP is a consistently strong performer in antitrust litigation involving novel and cutting-edge issues. A team including global practice head Mark Gidley and Peter Carney in Washington DC, Jack Pace and Martin Toto in New York, and Heather Burke and Noah Brumfield in Silicon Valley is representing Forest Laboratories in follow-on litigation arising from the launch of Forest’s Namenda XR drug; the matter involves issues of reverse payments and improper use of pediatric exclusivity. Gidley and others also successfully defended Warner Chilcott against certain product-hopping claims made by direct purchaser plaintiffs in relation to ulcerative colitis drug Asacol. Outside of life sciences cases, Christopher Curran in Washington DC, Toto and New York-based John Chung are defending Toshiba against a $1.5bn lawsuit brought by Illinois’ attorney general against manufacturers of LCD panels. Other recent clients include Nestlé Purina PetCare, Tyson Foods and Furukawa Electric.

WilmerHale’s strong capabilities defending clients in US federal grand jury and state level cartel investigations make it a natural choice for related follow-on class actions and opt-out litigation. It also handles parallel proceedings connected with international cartel investigations. A team including Leon Greenfield, David Donovan, Patrick Corome and David Molot assisted Denso with the US DOJ and parallel international antitrust investigations into an alleged auto parts price-fixing cartel, and also represented the client in an ongoing MDL involving 40 sets of class actions. Steven Cherry and Thomas Mueller have been acting for Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores in US and international cartel investigations, and also in related putative class actions brought by direct purchasers, auto dealers, truck and equipment dealers, and end-payors. Practitioners such as Mark Ford and Timothy Syrett in Boston have particular expertise in litigation at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, including cases involving reverse payment settlement agreements in the pharmaceuticals industry, and challenges to standard-setting activities in high-tech industries; the firm’s international platform enables it to undertake multi-jurisdictional litigation in this space, along with other types of cross-border antitrust disputes. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by Mark Ryan, who was the first-ever director of litigation at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The team has an excellent record of securing summary judgments and appellate victories at US federal and state level. Andrew Marovitz and Britt Miller, who are located in Chicago, are defending Lear Corporation against direct, indirect and public entity purchaser putative class actions connected with alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging by manufacturers of automotive wire harnesses and related components. Elsewhere, litigated merger challenges are another pillar of the practice; William Stallings, Ryan and others acted for CNH Industrial as the initial complainant in the DOJ’s lawsuit against Deere & Company’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto. Other notable practitioners include Carmine Zarlenga and Adam Hudes. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘high-quality and effective representation’ to clients in civil antitrust litigation across a range of sectors, with particular strengths in areas such as financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals. Richard Taffet (New York), Donn Pickett (San Francisco), Gary Adler (New York) , William Cravens (Washington DC) and others are defending Qualcomm against an FTC lawsuit and against follow-on class actions in the US connected with the client’s licensing and chip supply practices. The firm is also representing the client in similar proceedings before the Japan Fair Trade Commission and Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. In another highlight, in 2017, Steven Reed (Philadelphia), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia), Willard Tom (Washington DC) and others assisted Shell Trading and Shipping Company and Shell Trading (US) Company with obtaining a complete dismissal in an MDL concerning alleged collusion among energy companies to manipulate the price of North Sea Brent Crude oil. Darren Tucker joined Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Jeff Jaeckel leads Morrison & Foerster LLP’s US team, which undertakes antitrust-related class actions and MDLs, individual actions and litigated merger challenges. Particular areas of sector expertise include transportation, technology, financial services and telecoms. In 2017, David Cross successfully defended CSX Transportation against price-fixing claims brought by direct purchasers of rail freight shipping services. Jaeckel, Deanne Maynard, Gregory Koltun (Los Angeles) and others assisted UPS with defeating a lawsuit brought by AFMS, which claimed that UPS and FedEx conspired to refuse to deal with third-party consultants that negotiate contracts between shippers and carriers. Named partners are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted. Stephen Smith has retired from private practice.

In 2017, Shearman & Sterling LLP hired David Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Ryan Shores and Todd Stenerson; all moved to its Washington DC office from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Bruce Hoffman, who also made the same move, subsequently became acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The firm’s recent work includes financial benchmarking litigation, and New York-based partners Richard Schwed and Adam Hakki are defending Bank of America in an interest rate swaps class action. The firm is also acting for the same client and Nomura Securities in a class action in which it is alleged that they were part of a conspiracy among 15 defendant financial institutions to manipulate the ISDAfix benchmark rate. The firm has also handled cases involving Libor and TIBOR, Treasury securities and SSA bonds. Petkoski and New York-based Michael Mitchell defended GS Yuasa against lawsuits arising from a DOJ investigation into an alleged lithium ion batteries price-fixing conspiracy. Higbee is the firm’s global antitrust head. John Cove in San Francisco is recommended.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s clients have benefited from John Terzaken’s arrival at the firm’s Washington DC office, since his move from Allen & Overy LLP in 2017. Terzaken is defending Tri-Union Seafoods in an MDL, in which it is alleged that the client was part of a packaged tuna price-fixing conspiracy, along with Bumble Bee and StarKist. Terzaken also defended Deutsche Bank in a class action connected to an alleged conspiracy among financial institutions to manipulate prices of SSA bonds. Recently promoted partner Abram Ellis and New York-based practitioners Thomas Rice and Paul Gluckow are handling more than 60 benchmark interest rate (including Libor and Euribor) cases for JPMorgan. Peter Thomas is the group leader. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Adam Hemlock and Steven Reiss are representing Japanese auto parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei in eight MDL class actions in the US, and oversee its strategy in the international aspects of matters in Canada, Japan, Europe and Brazil. Kevin Arquit and Washington DC-based Carrie Mahan are representing Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (the second-largest poultry producer in the US) in federal antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers in Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, and by purported classes of broiler growers in Re Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation. Eric Hochstadt and David Lender are representing C&S Wholesale Grocers in an MDL connected with an alleged market allocation conspiracy with Supervalu. Arquit is global co-head of the antitrust practice, along with Washington DC-based Steven Newborn. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

Winston & Strawn LLP blends the experience of seasoned practitioners, such as Jeffrey Kessler and Paul Victor, with its emerging talent, which includes Eva Cole, Jeffrey Amato and Elizabeth Papez (who divides her time between the Washington DC and New York offices). The firm has carved out a strong reputation in US antitrust litigation thanks to its prominence in high-profile class action litigation and individual actions. The firm is currently defending Discover Financial Services in a putative class action, in which it is alleged that the client and three other credit card companies unlawfully conspired to shift fraud liability to merchants, notwithstanding complications over the rollout of a new security chip system. In 2017, another matter involved acting for Goldman Sachs in a putative class action claiming the client conspired with certain trading platforms to restrain competition in the stock loan market. Heather Kafele and Keith Palfin joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Ian Papendick and Sean Meenan (who are located in San Francisco), Martin Geagan and Chicago-based Joseph Motto made partner. Named individuals are based in Washington DC or New York, except where otherwise stated.

Arnold & Porter assists clients with the entire ambit of behavioral and transactional issues in civil antitrust litigation. Its diverse practice includes parallel and follow-on actions connected with cartel investigations, class actions and MDLs, among other matters. Its impressive record in billion-dollar, industry-significant litigation makes it a go-to for US and international clients, such as General Electric, Penguin Random House and BP. Among other matters being handled for the client, Mark Merley, senior counsel Bob Vizas (San Francisco), Jonathan Gleklen and others are representing Visa in Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation; this is an MDL which includes nationwide putative class actions and individual lawsuits filed by merchants (including retailers) against financial institutions that issue payment cards. Robert Katerberg is defending Nucor Corporation against a class action brought by purchasers of steel products against several US steel producers. James L. Cooper, James W. Cooper and Anne Davis are other key figures. Bill Baer and Sonia Pfaffenroth re-joined the firm from the DOJ, and Debbie Feinstein re-joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s global practice head Christopher Hockett (Menlo Park) has more than 30 years’ experience acting for clients from a wide range of industries, such as technology, media and financial services. Hockett’s team handles litigation running parallel to cartel investigations, follow-on class actions, private business-to-business disputes and merger challenges, among other matters. In 2017, Arthur J. Burke (New York/Menlo Park) defended Comcast against a $225m damages claim brought by Viamedia, which accused Comcast of blocking competition in the spot cable advertising market. Joel Cohen (New York) is representing The Royal Bank of Scotland in a class action involving allegations of collusion among more than 20 financial institutions to rig the market for US Treasury securities. Jon Leibowitz (Washington DC/New York) and Neal Potischman (Menlo Park) are other key figures.

In addition to acting for US companies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global platform makes it a strong choice for international clients; Bruce McCulloch and counsel Richard Snyder are working with members of the Dusseldorf office to represent German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert and its North American subsidiary in follow-on class action litigation connected with an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of side-door latches. Practice head Paul Yde, Mary Lehner, Snyder, New York-based Hiram Andrews and others are acting for United Airlines in the DOJ’s seating capacity and pricing co-ordination investigation, and also in the follow-on civil litigation. Other notable clients include Hachette Book Group, Continental AG and PepsiCo. Named individuals are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s high-caliber team delivers excellent results for clients, as was illustrated by Joel Chefitz, David Hanselman, Michelle Lowery and others assisting Steel Dynamics with defeating class certification in relation to actions brought by direct purchaser plaintiffs over an alleged conspiracy among steel makers to restrict output and fix prices of all steel products. The team also obtained a motion to dismiss the case in relation to actions brought by indirect purchasers. Reflective of the firm’s particular strengths in healthcare-related antitrust matters, Chefitz and Katharine O’Connor assisted Silver Cross Hospital with defeating a class action lawsuit involving allegations of unfair competition and consumer fraud, among others. Raymond Jacobsen, who leads the team, is based in Washington DC, as are Stefan Meisner and Mary Strimel. Other named individuals are based in Chicago.

Led by Amy Manning in Chicago, McGuireWoods LLP’s 25-strong team defends clients in class actions and other commercial litigation involving allegations of monopolization, tying arrangements, bid-rigging and price-fixing, among others. Jonathan Lewis in Washington DC and Howard Feller in Richmond are among the notable individuals in the team, whose clients include Fresenius Kabi USA, Horizon Lines and Jo Tankers.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s longstanding track record representing technology companies in litigated antitrust matters is illustrated by the fact that it has acted for Microsoft for more than 20 years; Robert Rosenfeld, Russell Cohen, Washington DC-based practice head Jay Jurata and others are working with Canadian counsel to defend the client against an indirect purchaser class action in British Columbia. Howard Ullman is acting for Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the circa $4bn DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation. An area of strength of the practice is antitrust/patent litigation; Ullman represented Masimo Corporation in antitrust claims and counterclaims arising from patent litigation with Philips in 2016. Outside of the technology sector, the firm is defending Delta Dental of California in a circa $100m class action brought by the California Dental Association and certain individual dentists over changes Delta Dental made to contracts with Delta dentists. Named individuals are San Francisco based except where otherwise stated.

Paul Hastings LLP handles all forms of civil antitrust litigation under the leadership of Washington DC-based Scott Hataway, who was formerly a trial attorney at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. In 2017, Thomas Brown acted for eBay in court proceedings arising from the DOJ’s investigation into hiring practices in Silicon Valley. Sean Unger (who, like Brown, is located in San Francisco) is another key figure in the team, whose other clients include Monsanto, Electrolux and Samsung Electronics. Holly House departed to become a sole practitioner.

Proskauer Rose LLP represents clients in litigation involving allegations of anti-competitive conduct and also in merger reviews. The firm has a particularly strong track record acting for agricultural co-operatives in antitrust matters; Christopher Ondeck is defending broiler producer Wayne Farms against seven class actions brought by direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs - this case concerns an alleged conspiracy among the top 13 US and international broiler producers to restrict the supply of broiler chicken in the US. Elsewhere, Colin Kass (who chairs the antitrust practice with Ondeck in Washington DC), and New York-based practitioners Bradley Ruskin and Bradley Bobroff represented Sanofi Pasteur as sole defendant in a class action accusing the client of engaging in anti-competitive bundling to maintain a monopoly in the market for the meningococcal vaccine.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients in class actions and large MDLs nationwide, and it also handles DOJ/FTC prosecutions, among other matters. Gary Halling, James McGinnis and Michael Scarborough acted for Samsung SDI in litigation brought by the State of Oregon (on behalf of consumers) in relation to an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of cathode ray tubes. Century City-based Seong Kim defended Korea Yakult and Paldo Co in a consolidated class action concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of Korean ramen noodles being sold in the US. Dylan Ballard made partner in 2017. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, except where otherwise stated.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Tara Reinhart was formerly the chief trial counsel at the FTC, where her work included litigating contentious mergers. In addition to having merger-related antitrust experience, her current practice also covers class actions involving allegations of reverse payment agreements, abuses of monopolies and price-fixing. Practice head Steven Sunshine, Julia York and New York-based Karen Hoffman Lent defended Watson Pharmaceuticals in FTC and private litigation over challenges to patent litigation settlements. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has assisted clients with litigation connected with the setting of financial benchmark interest rates; Daryl Libow (Washington DC) and Christopher Viapiano (Washington DC) are acting for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in global regulatory investigations into the setting of Libor and SIBOR rates, and are also defending the client in MDL litigation concerning alleged conspiracies to manipulate multiple benchmarks. Steven Holley (New York), Amanda Flug Davidoff (Washington DC), Richard Pepperman (New York) and others are defending Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Nomura and Bank of Nova Scotia against actions centered on an alleged conspiracy to manipulate the Treasury securities market. Elsewhere, outside of financial services, Libow and Davidoff successfully defended BP against two putative class actions concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of North Sea Brent Crude. The firm also acts for Volkswagen and Audi in Re German Automotive Manufacturers Antitrust Litigation.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s credentials in successfully defending class actions were recently illustrated by Corey Roush, Pratik Shah and others assisting Daimler Trucks with obtaining dismissals of claims brought by direct and indirect purchasers of Class Eight heavy-duty trucks. In the financial services arena, the team has defended clients such as OCBC Bank and Resona Bank in financial benchmarking cases. Elsewhere, the firm also demonstrates strong capabilities in single-plaintiff lawsuits; Fairley Spillman was lead antitrust partner in a team defending Inguran against a monopolization lawsuit brought by ABS Global. Litigated merger cases are another notable generator of work for the firm. Paul Hewitt leads the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Allen & Overy LLP represents clients in a significant number of headline cases. John Roberti, Erik-Raven Hansen and others are defending Tri-Union Seafoods against class actions related to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy with other producers of packaged seafood products. Roberti, Michael Feldberg and others acted for the Bosch Companies in the automotive parts antitrust MDL at the Eastern District of Michigan. Another recent highlight for the firm involved defending United Airlines against an opt-out case brought by DHL over an alleged conspiracy among airlines and air cargo carriers to fix the prices of air cargo surcharges between 1997 and 2006. Roberti and Hansen are based in Washington DC, while Feldberg practises in New York. John Terzaken joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2017.

At Baker & Hostetler LLP, a team including Gregory Commins, practice head Robert Abrams, Robert Brookhiser and Danyll Foix is defending Caterpillar against a lawsuit brought by a would-be importer of Chinese heavy-made equipment; the plaintiff alleges that the client and other manufacturers colluded to limit competition in the US market. John Fornaciari, Foix and Sally Qin are acting for the NYK companies in five class actions wherein it is claimed that the client and other carriers entered into agreements over market allocation and restriction of capacity in the ocean transport of vehicles. Abrams has more than 30 years’ antitrust litigation experience, as does Gregory Baker. Counsel Thomas Hogan is also recommended. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Illustrative of Crowell & Moring LLP’s strengths in large-scale and complex antitrust litigation, it is representing eight Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in an MDL, which consists of more than 20 class action cases nationwide. Shari Lahlou is defending DuPont in class action litigation arising from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the titanium dioxide industry. Also recommended are Jason Murray - who chairs the antitrust practice with Lalou - and Jordan Ludwig (both in Los Angeles), who are representing KOA Corporation and KOA Speer Electronics in several price-fixing class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of resistors. Kent Gardiner and Matthew McBurney are other key figures. Juan Arteaga recently joined the firm’s New York office, having served as deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Another recent addition Alexis Gilman was Assistant Director at the FTC’s Mergers IV Division. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice head Layne Kruse (who divides his time between Houston and Washington DC) has a wealth of experience in courts across the US in jury trials and class actions, among other matters. Kruse’s team provides ‘highly prized advice’ to clients from a wide range of sectors, such as healthcare, finance, oil and gas, and insurance. Robin Adelstein in New York is particularly knowledgeable in antitrust issues in the life sciences sector. Kruse, David Foster (Washington DC), Jonathan Franklin (Washington DC) and others are acting for Robert Bosch Tool Corp and its German parent company at the Fourth Circuit in relation to a claim brought by SawStop that the client was part of a conspiracy to boycott SawStop’s patented safety technology for table saws. The firm is also defending Phillips 66 in a class action filed by Persian Gulf regarding an alleged gasoline price-fixing conspiracy among several major energy companies.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Roxane Polidora, Jacob Sorensen, John Grenfell and others are defending Kemet Corporation and Kemet Electronics Corporation in Re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, which concerns an alleged conspiracy by capacitor manufacturers to fix prices for aluminum, film and tantalum capacitors. The firm is also now acting for Tokin Corporation and Tokin America in this same matter. In Re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (Fuel Injection Systems), William Sullivan (Washington DC/New York), Michael Sibarium (Washington DC) and counsel Jeetander Dulani (Washington DC) are acting for Mikuni Corporation and Mikuni American Corporation in four indirect purchaser class actions and one direct purchaser action in the US, and working with Canadian counsel on similar matters in Canada. Air New Zealand, Bass Pro Shops and The Home Depot are other notable clients. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, except where otherwise stated.

Reed Smith LLP’s civil antitrust litigation work forms a core part of its broader antitrust offering, with the firm generating mandates from clients in sectors such as telecoms, energy, banking and finance, and media. Daniel Booker (Pittsburgh/Washington DC), Michelle Mantine (Pittsburgh) and others successfully assisted a financial services group with obtaining the dismissal of a putative nationwide class action lawsuit, which was brought by merchant plaintiffs claiming that there was a conspiracy to shift the cost of fraud liability from banks to merchants as part of the rollout of new chip card technology in the US. In another matter, Booker is leading the advice to a multinational pharmaceuticals company in a lawsuit brought by a competitor over the client’s allegedly unlawful monopolization of the US market for foot-care devices. Debra Dermody (Pittsburgh) and Bruce Blefeld (Houston) are recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s team undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in sectors such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and biotechnology, among others; practice head Mark Popofsky (who is located in Washington DC) and Boston-based Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Storage against price-fixing class actions in Re Optical Disc Drives Antitrust Litigation. In addition to handling class actions, the team’s workload also includes individual actions and merger litigation. IASIS Healthcare, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Yale Medicine and Polar Air Cargo are other key clients. Chong Park, whose practice is split between the Washington DC and San Francisco offices, has nearly 25 years of litigation experience.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is led by Craig Seebald (Washington DC) and James Reeder (Houston), is trusted by clients such as AirTran Airways and Phadia US for their most significant litigated antitrust matters. Recent highlights include acting for Southwest Airlines in Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, which concerns an alleged conspiracy among four US airlines to restrict passenger capacity in order to drive up the price of air fares; Alden Atkins (Washington DC) led the team in this matter, which also included Jason Powers (Houston), Neil Imus (Washington DC) and John Wander (Dallas). In 2017, Seebald, Jason Levine (Washington DC) and Matthew Jacobs (San Francisco) represented Hitachi in Re Optical Disc Drive Products Antitrust Litigation.

Williams & Connolly LLP’s Nicholas Boyle is ‘an exceptional orator, who is able to reduce complex legal matters to an accessible and persuasive narrative’. Also highly regarded in the Washington DC-based team is ‘very creative litigator’ Bryan Wilson. A team led by Dane Butswinkas and John Schmidtlein is defending Celgene against a lawsuit brought by Mylan - and in a separate putative class action brought by indirect purchasers - over Celgene’s alleged attempts to delay the development of generic versions of Thalomid and Revlimid. Heidi Hubbard and others are acting as lead trial counsel to Endo Pharmaceuticals in proceedings at the Northern District of California over a 2012 patent settlement agreement between Endo and Watson Pharmaceuticals, which is allegedly anti-competitive. Schmidtlein heads the antitrust practice with Jonathan Pitt. Carl Metz is recommended.

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