As a partner at the firm, Mr. Benz has prosecuted leading-edge cases involving in part the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolization, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law; direct and indirect purchaser claims under state antitrust and unfair competition laws; and breach of contract, fraudulent transfer and deceptive trade practices litigation.
Mr. Benz represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. (IQVIA) in IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. v. Veeva Systems Inc., No. 17-cv-00177 (D.N.J.). Veeva is alleging that IQVIA is abusing its monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to suppress competition and prevent life sciences companies from using Veeva’s competing data and software products.
Mr. Benz is co-lead counsel and represents the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al., Civ. Action No. 13-CV-06802 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y) (Judge Pauley), a Sherman Act monopolization case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, Mr. Benz secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies.
Mr. Benz also currently represents:
•the trustee for Ritz Camera & Image, LLC, CPM Electronics Inc., and E.S.E Electronics, Inc. and the certified direct purchaser class in Alfred T. Guliano, et al. v. SanDisk Corporation, Case No. CV 10-02787-SBA (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Armstrong), in a Walker Process (fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office) Sherman Act monopolization case;
•a corporate client and the direct purchaser class in MDL No. 2420, In Re: Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 4:13-md-02420-YGR (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Rogers); and
•a corporate client and the certified direct purchaser class in MDL No. 1917, In Re: Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 3:07-cv-05944-JST (N.D. Cal.) (Judge Tigar).
Speaking Engagements, Conferences & Publications
Speaker, Chief Litigation Officer Summit 2017, “Monetizing Your Company’s Litigation Assets: Corporate Class Action, Opt-Out, and Private Litigation” (September 24-26, 2017)
Panelist, University of Miami School of Law Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum, “Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, & The Settlement of Complex Class Actions” (December 8, 2017)
International Referral Global Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany (September 9-12, 2017)
Antitrust Litigation Forum, Nashville, Tennessee (October 22-24, 2017)
Below-Cost Sales and the Buying of Market Share, 42 Stanford Law Review 695 (1990)
Soviet Nationalities Policies and the Soviet Germans, 16 Heritage Review 11 (1986)
Trade Liberalization and the Global Service Economy, 19 Journal of World Trade Law 95 (1985)
High Technology Occupations Lead Growth in Services Employment, 7 Business America 19 (1984)
Co-author: The Trigger of Coverage Under CGL Policies, Insurance Coverage Litigation 1993: Critical Issues and Strategies, New York: Practicing Law Institute (1993)
Co-author: International Competition in Information Technologies: Foreign Government Intervention and the U.S. Response, 22 Stanford Journal of International Law 215 (1987)
Co-author: The Semiconductor Chip Protection Act: Experience in the Utilization of the Law and Current International Developments, 8 European Intellectual Property Review 229 (1986)
Co-author: U.S.-Japan Relations: Convergence and Cooperation in a Changing World Economy, Southwestern Legal Foundation (1986)
Private Investors Abroad: Problems and Solutions in International Business in 1986, Matthew Bender (1986)
Co-author: Government Procurement of Semiconductors: Economic and Environmental Issues Affecting a Major Strategic Resource, San Jose, Semiconductor Industry Association (1985)
Honors & Recognitions
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Recognized as an antitrust “Local Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation (2016, 2017, 2018)
Showcased in Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer in Competition Law (2015, 2017)
Featured in Expert Guides - The World's Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers - Competition and Antitrust (2018)
Member of International Referral Global Competition Law, United States (2017, 2018)
Featured in Leaders in Law Competition Law (2017)
Recognized as a Distinguished Professional by the Expert Network (2018)
Recognized as Competition Law expert by Advisory Excellence (2018/2019)
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