Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff in United States
Berger Montague's David Sorensen and Ellen Noteware recently represented a class of direct purchasers of brand and generic iterations of a drug in their claim against Pfizer on the grounds of its alleged delaying of market entry of generic manufacturers through unlawful patent extensions. H. Laddie Montague Jr., Eric Cramer, Ruthanne Gordon and Michael Dell’Angelo acted as co-lead counsel for a class of direct purchasers of drywall alleging that the main manufacturers colluded to fix prices in the US, and Merrill Davidoff teamed up with Michael Kane to advise a nationwide class including merchants in the high-profile action against Visa, MasterCard and several leading banks regarding their allegedly unlawful card payment fees. Caitlin Coslett and Andrew Curley were also active in significant litigation in the pharmaceutical space. All named attorneys are based in Philadelphia.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP's Scott Gant and Jonathan Shaw are currently leading advice to US Foods and Sysco on their price-fixing action against more than two dozen poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride and Sanderson Farms. Armonk-based David Boies previously represented health plan subscribers in multi-district litigation challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield's nation clauses and territorial restrictions. Other key names include Richard Feinstein, William Isaacson, Christopher Renner and Michael Mitchell. Named practitioners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.
Hausfeld LLP 'is a leading firm for antitrust damages in Europe and the US' and fields 'pragmatic, smart and focused' litigation experts. In Washington DC, Michael Hausfeld, Hilary Sherrer and the 'friendly, engaging and spot-on' Scott Martin are currently serving as co-lead counsel to a certified class in its claim against some of the world's leading banks and their alleged conspiracy to manipulate Libor to sell artificially low interest rates to purchasers of Libor-based financial instruments. In other highlights, Washington DC-based Sathya Gosselin and New York's senior counsel Irving Scher filed an antitrust claim against Landmark Theatres on behalf of four independent film organizations, and the group successfully concluded its landmark litigation against the NCAA on behalf of college athletes claiming the NCAA's rules for compensation were unlawful. The main names to note in San Francisco are Michael Lehmann, Christopher Lebsock and Bonny Sweeney; Reena Gambhir, Melinda Coolidge and Brian Ratner are other key contacts in Washington DC.
Susman Godfrey LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP's Neal Manne is currently acting for Walmart from Houston in its claim against major packaged seafood producers on the grounds of price-fixing allegations, while Los Angeles-based Marc Seltzer and New York's Bill Carmody are representing over-the-counter investors and a class of plaintiffs in their claim against major banks regarding their alleged rigging of Libor. In other highlights, the group oversaw major multi-district litigation on behalf of a class of consumer and business plaintiffs alleging price-fixing violations in the auto parts industry, and Steven Sklaver was part of a team led by Kalpana Srinivasan assisting a putative class of consumers against Qualcomm regarding its anti-competitive practices in the electronic chip industry. Stephen Susman is managing partner and is also a key name to note in Houston alongside Vineet Bhatia. In Seattle, the main names to note are Matthew Berry and Stephen Morrissey.
Zelle LLP's antitrust litigation practice is led jointly by Judith Zahid (San Francisco) and James Robertson Martin (DC). The pair recently teamed up with Washington DC's Jennifer Duncan Hackett and San Francisco-based counsel Eric Buetzow to advise UnitedHealthcare on its claim against major pharmaceuticals companies alleging thatthey conspired to inflate the price of a certain brand drug through unlawful 'pay-for-delay' deals to hinder the entry to market of generic competition. In other highlights, the team acted for automotive dealer plaintiffs in their claims arising from the landmark global auto parts manufacturing cartel, and San Francisco-based Christopher Micheletti represents a class of consumer purchasers of packaged seafood products against the US's major producers on the grounds of an alleged price-fixing conspiracy. Clients in the technology manufacturing and financial services fields have also engaged the group to oversee litigation pertaining to alleged antitrust violations in the ion-lithium rechargeable batteries market and with respect to Libor manipulation.
Daniel Small and Benjamin Brown are at the helm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC's practice, which represents a vast array of plaintiff clients including large conglomerates, small businesses and individuals. Kit Pierson and Brent Johnson recently obtained a favorable settlement for Sierra Drywall Systems in a class action against drywall and plaster suppliers on the grounds of a conspiracy to raise prices. In other highlights, Small collaborated with Johnson to advise an individual in a high-profile 'no-poach agreement' case against Pixar, Lucasfilm and other major animation and visual effect studios which colluded to not poach each other's employees. In New York, Sharon Robertson and of counsel Donna Evans acted as counsel to the end-payor class in pay-for-delay multi-district litigation in the pharmaceutical space. Richard Koffman is also a key name to note; he continues to assist current and former mixed martial artists in their class action against the UFC on the basis of its allegedly restrictive employment contracts.
Heins Mills & Olson, PLC
Minneapolis-based Heins Mills & Olson, PLC's antitrust practice is jointly led by Vincent Esades and Renee Steiner. The group is currently acting as lead counsel for a class of direct purchasers alleging that manufacturers of aftermarket automotive sheet metal parts conspired to fix their prices and output. In other highlights, the firm is acting for consumers in the alleged airline fare cartel. Sam Heins is also a key name to note.
Litigators at Labaton Sucharow LLP 'always have the best interest of their clients in mind', and one client values the 'trust and faith the team instils'. Jay Himes and Gregory Asciolla are acting as co-lead counsel to two retirement systems regarding their class action against major banks on the grounds of alleged rigging of the US treasuries market by manipulating auctions for bills, notes and bonds. An end-payor plaintiff appointed a team including counsels Karin Garvey and Robin van der Meulen to oversee its price-fixing and bid-rigging action against generic pharmaceutical companies, and Modern Settings engaged the group to advise on its nationwide class action against leading major platinum and palladium dealers alleging a price-fixing conspiracy. In another highlight, the team represented purchasers of interest rate derivatives in the landmark ISDAfix class action.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
In recent highlights, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP's Brendan Glackin and Dean Harvey represented healthcare insurance consumers in North Carolina in their claim against Carolinas Healthcare System alleging the defendant abused its market power to prevent insurers from offering patients financial incentives to use competitors' services. Harvey also worked alongside New York's Daniel Seltz and San Francisco-based David Rudolph to advise the health and welfare fund of New York's largest public employee union on cases alleging price-fixing violations in the generic pharmaceutical industry. Eric Fastiff heads the team and is currently acting for a direct purchaser class against leading technology companies on the grounds of alleged price-fixing and inflation violations in the lithium-ion batteries market. Also notable are Richard Heimann, Kelly Dermody and Lin Chan. Named attorneys are based in San Francisco unless otherwise indicated.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP represents a stellar client roster in high-profile, high-stakes antitrust litigation across a variety of industry sector including financial services, media and manufacturing. New York-based Daniel Brockett is leading advice to a diverse group of plaintiffs on its class action against Wall Street banks regarding their alleged manipulation of the ISDAfix. In Los Angeles, Adam Wolfson, Frederick Lorig and Kevin Teruya acted for Songkick in its claim against Ticketmaster on the grounds of its alleged monopolization of the market for artist pre-sale ticketing services in the US. Stephen Neuwirth leads the department out of New York and is collaborating with Steig Olson to assist Home Depot with its suit against Visa and Mastercard on the grounds of their allegedly anti-competitive payment card fees. Other names to note in Los Angeles include Dominic Surprenant and Jeremy Andersen, while Sascha Rand is another name in New York.
Robins Kaplan LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP acts in private civil claims and class action litigation in a variety of sectors. Recently, the group jointly led by Hollis Salzman and Minneapolis-based Craig Wildfang has represented classes of consumers and businesses in their actions against auto parts manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Also notable is Kellie Lerner, who sits in New York with Salzman.
Ballard Spahr LLP's antitrust team 'is simply exceptional'. In Philadelphia, Edward Rogers 'has great communication skills and is efficient with his time and his clients'. In New York, Jay Fastow 'is excellent in the field of litigation' and 'a great guide through complicated issues'. Stephen Kastenberg recently led advice to GlaxoSmithKline regarding two related class actions claiming substantial damages arsing from an alleged conspiracy with Biovail to bring sham patent litigation against generics manufacturers and to enter into reverse-payment agreements. Rogers and Fastow teamed up with Jason Leckerman to represent 19 municipalities and water authorities in their claims against chemical companies and select individuals on the grounds of an alleged conspiracy to inflate the price of aluminum sulfate. Leslie John leads the practice and is also a key name to note. Named individuals are based in Philadelphia unless otherwise stated.
Berman Tabacco (formerly Berman DeValerio)
At Berman Tabacco (formerly Berman DeValerio), the 'lawyers are hugely helpful in maximizing clients' abilities and focusing their attention' and the 'communication and coordination are great'. In recent highlights, Christopher Heffelfinger is acting as liaison counsel on behalf of a proposed class of dairy farmers in their claim alleging the US's largest marketer of non-fat dry milk and a California-based processing company colluded to inflate their own profits by misreporting critical data to the government. Practice heads Joseph Tabacco Jr and Todd Seaver are currently co-lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers pursuing a number of household corporate names on the grounds of their alleged worldwide conspiracy to fix the price of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. In Boston, Patrick Egan is the main name to note. Named practitioners are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. represented a class of merchants as co-lead counsel in its claim against Visa, Mastercard and several leading card issuers alleging they violated antitrust laws by charging excessive card payment fees. Jay Eisenhofer and Deborah Elman recently collaborated with Wilmington's Grant Eisler to advise individuals on their case alleging that global financial institutions conspired to manipulate the London silver fix in violation of the Sherman Act and Commodity Exchanges Act. In other highlights, the group is currently acting as co-lead counsel for airline passengers in a case against global distribution systems such as Sabre and Travelport alleging they conspired with airlines to inflate passenger fares. All named attorneys are based in New York.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Joseph Saveri Law Firm
Joseph Saveri Law Firm specializes in complex civil and class action litigation in the antitrust space where it also handles qui tam litigation on behalf of the federal government and several states. The recent arrival of Steven Williams from Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and several hires at the associate level significantly bolstered the offering. Alongside founding partner Joseph Saveri, Williams acted as sole legal counsel to a class of indirect purchasers of aluminium, tantalum and film capacitors in relation to cartel and price-fixing claim against a group of defendants. In other highlights, the firm acted as interim co-lead counsel for end-payor plaintiffs in an antitrust class action filed against Allergan on the grounds of an alleged conspiracy to delay generic competition to the defendant's blockbuster drug, Restasis.
Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
Robert Kaplan sits in New York and is the key name at Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP for antitrust litigation. The firm is currently acting as court-appointed co-lead counsel in a securities class action against AAC Holdings and other defendants, and previously represented a class of consumers in its action against Bayer regarding a number of health benefit claims made in the marketing and on the packaging of its 'one a day' vitamin product range.
The 'outstanding' team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is known to clients for its 'excellent work product, exceptional service, timely and wise legal advice and recognition of business implications'. Cindy Caranella Kelly and Sarah Gibbs Leivick are singled out in particular for their 'skills and professional commitment'. Hector Torres continues to advise Ford on its damage claims arising from the DOJ's investigation into the global auto parts cartel, and Marc Kasowitz is part of the team representing Anderson News in its claim against leading magazine publishers and distributors alleging the latter conspired to boycott the client to force it out of the market. Sheron Korpus jointly heads the team with Torres and is also a key name to note. All named attorneys are based in New York. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Kevin Arquit, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and now co-chairs the antitrust practice.
MoginRubin LLP's managing partner Daniel Mogin recently advised a proposed class of direct purchasers in its claim against the major airlines and distribution systems on the grounds of their alleged conspiracy to artificially inflate air travel fares. In Washington DC, Jonathan Rubin represented the National ATM Council and independent ATMs alleging Visa and Mastercard charge unlawfully excessive interchange fees. Also recommended is Jennifer Oliver, who was promoted to partner in 2019. Named attorneys are based in San Diego unless otherwise stated.
Ruyak Cherian LLP's Richard Ripley is currently acting for a physician bringing a claim against competitor hospitals on the grounds of alleged collusion to boycott the client's services. He is also representing Power Analytics in a monopolization claim against a rival software company which allegedly entered into illicit agreements with complementary service providers not to recommend or include the client's software in their bundle products. Also notable are practice head Robert Ruyak, Martin Cunniff, Ted Farrell and Rebecca Anzidei. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.