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Commercial Litigation, Antitrust/Competition, White Collar/Investigations, Intellectual Property




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United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

White & Case LLP has an impressive reputation defending clients in DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations, as well as those brought by antitrust regulators overseas, and also in related civil litigation. Christopher Curran, Eileen Cole, Claire DeLelle and others are representing Maruyasu Industries in the DOJ’s investigation into alleged price-fixing and market allocation of auto parts. The firm is also assisting individuals and companies with investigations related to generic drugs, capacitors and container shipping, among other areas. Mark Gidley is the global practice head. Other names to note include Martin Toto and John Chung (both are based in New York), Peter Carney and George Paul. In recent developments, Ross Elfand and David Suggs (who both practice in New York) made partner, as did Frank Hogue.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Leading lawyers

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Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

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.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

White & Case LLP delivers results in accordance with the expectations of global clients in US second request investigations, multi-jurisdictional merger reviews and merger litigation. The US merger control practice is anchored by George Paul and Rebecca Farrington, who worked alongside Mark Gidley, Christopher Curran and others to advise Anthem on the DOJ’s and plaintiff states’ lawsuit challenging the client’s proposed $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna. Farrington, Robert Milne in New York and counsel Anna Kertesz assisted Vertex Pharmaceuticals with obtaining FTC clearance (without remedies, following the issue of a second request) for its circa $250m acquisition of cystic fibrosis drug CTP-656 from Concert Pharmaceuticals. The firm has also acted for clients such as Calpine Corporation, Aramco Services Company and Sempra Energy. John Donaldson and counsel Douglas Jasinski are recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International litigation

Within: International litigation

White & Case LLP has ‘outstanding expertise in international litigation and shows both responsiveness and devotion to clients’ interests’. The lawyers ‘know how to strategize when handling complex legal and factual issues’. New York-based global chair of litigation Glenn Kurtz is ‘a top-notch lawyer with lots of commercial acumen’ and presides over deep bench of talent both in the US and across the firm’s global network. In the Washington DC office, clients recommend experienced trial lawyer Christopher Curran and Farhad Jalinous, who is ‘outstanding’ in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States matters. Leading light Owen Pell in New York recently defended the Republic of Peru in a $213m breach of contract claim concerning alleged default on sovereign bonds issued in 1875.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

White & Case LLP’s head of commercial litigation Glenn Kurtz in New York oversees a practice that built on its track record of success in 2017. Douglas Baumstein and Kim Haviv obtained the dismissal of all claims against German technology company Aixtron in a class action that alleged misrepresentations and material omissions in press releases and SEC filings. Owen Pell, Bryan Merryman in Los Angeles and Washington DC-based Christopher Curran acted for Toshiba Corporation in a case regarding American depository receipts in which plaintiffs asserted that a foreign issuer is subject to the US Exchange Act even if it has not sponsored an ADR program in the US.

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