Bruce D. Sokler: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Bruce D. Sokler

Phone202.434.7303

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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Health Care Antitrust
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Antitrust
  • Telecommunications Antitrust
  • Litigation
  • Communications
  • Cable & Media
  • Health Care
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Retail & Consumer Products
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.434.7303
Fax: 202-434-7400
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name @mintz.com (e.g., rmintz@mintz.com)

http://www.mintz.com/professionals/detail/name/bruce-d-sokler
http://www.mintz.com/videos/Health-Care-Antitrust-and-the-Supreme-Court
 
University Princeton University, B.A., 1971
 
Law SchoolGeorgetown University, J.D., 1974
 
Admitted1975, District of Columbia; 1984, Massachusetts
 
Memberships District of Columbia Bar; American Bar Association; Federal Communications Bar Association.

 
Biography

Bruce is Chair of the Antitrust Section and in his over 30 years in private practice, he has developed extensive experience in both antitrust and communications regulation, including associated First Amendment and copyright law matters

In the antitrust area, Bruce's practice includes antitrust counseling and representation in connection with federal and state governmental matters, as well as private antitrust litigation. He counsels and has represented Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profits, start-up entities, and domestic and international joint ventures. Bruce has been involved in antitrust matters spanning a broad range of industries, but has particularly deep experience in the communications, health care, and retail industries.

In the communications area, Bruce counsels and represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and the courts in a wide variety of matters, including rulemakings and their judicial review, constitutional issues raised by FCC actions, and merger reviews. He has extensive experience in cable television matters, and his clients include Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., National Cable Telecommunications Association, Insight Communications, CTAM, C-SPAN, Bright House Networks, the Weather Channel, and others. Bruce has also represented copyright users in proceedings in the Southern District of New York and before arbitration entities established under the Copyright Act to establish copyright royalties.

Bruce served as the Managing Member for the firm's Washington, DC office from 1989 to 2001, and served on the firm's Executive Committee from 1989 to 2002.

During law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. Following his graduation from Georgetown, Bruce served as law clerk to Judge Edward Allen Tamm of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Representative Matters

· Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $2.7 billion acquisition of Longs Drugs

· Represented CVS in the antitrust aspects of its $27 billion acquisition of Caremark

· Represented Qiagen in the antitrust aspects of its $1.5 billion acquisition of Digene

· Represented a cable company in the first successful FTC clearance of the acquisition of an overbuilt cable system

· Represented Lowell General Hospital in its recent merger with Saints Medical Center

· Represented CVS Caremark in In re CVS Caremark, Inc., Docket No. C-4357 (FTC 2012)

· Represented a large health care system in a parallel DOJ Antitrust Division and State Attorney General investigation

· In re Cox Communications, Inc. Set Top Box Antitrust Litigation, 2011 WL 6826813 (W.D. Okl. Dec. 28, 2011) (counsel for Cox)

· Covad Communications Co. v. Bell Atlantic Corp., 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2005) (counsel for Covad)

· Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 373 F.3d 57 (1st Cir. 2004) (counsel for CVS) (obtained directed verdict at close of plaintiffs' case in jury trial)

· Jung v. Association of American Medical Colleges, 339 F.Supp.2d 26 (D.D.C. 2004), aff'd, (D.C. Cir. 2006) (unpublished opinion), cert. denied, ___U.S. ____ (2007) (counsel for Massachusetts General Hospital)

· FCC children's television rulemaking: represented Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and AOL in FCC proceeding

· Verizon/MCI: represented Bright House Networks in DOJ and FCC reviews of merger

· FCC retransmission consent regulations: represented Coalition for Retransmission Consent Reform in FCC regulatory proceedings

· C-SPAN-FCC, 531 F.3rd 105 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (counsel for C-SPAN)

· Quest Services Corp v. FCC, 398 F.3rd 666 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (counsel for iBasis)

· Covad Communications Co. v. FCC, 450 F.3rd 528 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (counsel for Covad)

· Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 520 U.S. 180 (1997) and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, 512 U.S. 622 (1994) (counsel for Turner)

Recognitions & Awards

· Chambers USA: District of Columbia - Antitrust (2012 - 2013)

· Washington DC Super Lawyers: Antitrust Litigation (2012 - 2013)

· Best Lawyers in America: Antitrust Law (2012 - 2014)

· Nightingale's Healthcare News: Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer (2007 - 2009)

· Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

· Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

 
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An Update from the Federal Trade Commission
Helen J. Kim,Bruce D. Sokler, July 2, 2014
The interplay between the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and antitrust has been a matter of great moment for several years. It has been an issue in litigation such as the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) St. Luke’s case. Recently, in a conference,...

Federal Trade Commission Extends In re Polygram’s “Inherently Suspect” Anticompetitive Analysis to Endorsements
Helen J. Kim,Bruce D. Sokler, June 10, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent settlement with ski manufacturers Marker Volkl (International) GmbH (“Marker Volkl”) and Tecnica S.p.A. (“Tecnica”) continues to expand the scope of “inherently suspect” business practices under In...

DOJ Revisits Music Royalty Consent Decrees
Robert G. Kidwell,Helen J. Kim,Bruce D. Sokler, June 9, 2014
From cassette tapes to CDs to Pandora and Spotify, innovations in the music field over the past two decades have drastically changed how people access music. Songwriters, however, are paid according to a system that has been in place since 1941 and unchanged since 2001.



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701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608




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