Practice/Industry Group Overview
Greenberg Traurig attorneys are currently litigating civil and criminal antitrust cases and investigations throughout the United States and Europe. Our Antitrust Litigation & Competition Practice is built on an international platform with litigators experienced in the prosecution and defense, including through trial, of all manner of antitrust-related claims.
Our capabilities and experience have propelled the growth of the practice. In 2009, Law 360 Litigation Almanac ranked GT’s competition practice as the second busiest nationally. Individually, numerous members of the practice have also been recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, among others.
Federal and State Antitrust Experience
We have a deep bench experienced in every aspect of civil and criminal antitrust litigation, as well as other antitrust advocacy proceedings, including:
- Merger litigation experience and competition advocacy
- Defense of companies in federal and state antitrust enforcement agency investigations and litigation
Members of our group also focus on comprehensive counseling concerning practices that could create antitrust issues. We craft alternative approaches that could eliminate or reduce antitrust risks (as well as litigation expenses).
Trial Experience in Antitrust Cases
When necessary, this is a trial-ready group: the GT practice includes attorneys who have tried cases on behalf of, as well as against, federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies, such as former prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and staff members of the Federal Trade Commission. Further, our combination of plaintiff and defendant experience enables us to provide trial insights not found in most comparable firms.
- Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in procedurally complex multidistrict and state/federal multijurisdictional litigation, including class and parens patriae actions, and involving federal and state antitrust and state unfair competition claims
- Experience in litigating antitrust issues raised in patent validity and patent infringement cases
- Current litigation includes price fixing, price discrimination, refusals to deal and other antitrust claims involving such matters as academic standard setting, automotive products, compressors, retailing, title insurance, tobacco products, vitamins and waste disposal
- Litigation and investigative experience across an array of other industries, including airlines, apparel, auto rentals, automobiles, chemicals, computer hardware and software, dairy products, electrical equipment, energy, forest products, grocery products, health care, industrial products, military aircraft and metals, motion pictures, pharmaceutical products, publishing, recorded music, telecommunications, textiles, title insurance, toys and waste disposal
Criminal Antitrust Matters and Governmental Investigations
- Members of our practice have represented corporations in governmental investigations into alleged price fixing and other conduct in a broad range of industries, including various industrial products and chemicals, textiles, high technology, entertainment and foods.
We have virtually unmatched experience in antitrust litigation and counseling with respect to the distribution of goods and services, addressing issues that include, among others, horizontal and vertical pricing communications, price discrimination, predatory pricing and other dominant company behavior, tying and bundling, exclusive dealing, loyalty discounts, slotting allowances, cooperative advertising programs, category management and refusals to deal.
- Representations have included clients in the following industries, among others: airlines; apparel; automobiles and automotive products; newspaper, book, and magazine distribution; toys; candies; tobacco products; computer software; electronics; food, grocery and toiletry products; prescription and non-prescription drugs; and recorded music – as well as major retailers, buying groups and trade associations.