DLA Piper Global Law Firm
Antitrust and Competition
Antitrust and Competition
Acting for two pharmaceutical companies in separate 'pay for delay' pharmaceutical patent settlements in Europe.
Represented Church & Dwight in the Church & Dwight v. Mayer Labs antitrust case and related FTC investigation. In granting our summary judgment motion, the California federal judge held that a C&D shelf share discount incentive rebate program involving Trojan condoms did not constitute anti-competitive monopoly behaviour. This is a significant win for the client, who has been engaged in hotly contested litigation for more than four years with competitor Mayer Laboratories. We also convinced the FTC to drop its three year investigation without a consent decree or any conditions and the FTC agreed to destroy all documents.
Advised Etihad Airways in relation to their equity investment in Air Berlin which required both merger control and regulatory advice, as well as competition law advice in relation to commercial co-operation agreements between the two airlines.
Advised two of the largest companies in provision of secure electronic payment technologies a complex acquisition. This involved creating cooperation between a number of competition authorities.
Building a global compliance function with particular emphasis on antitrust, anti-corruption, antimony laundering, international trade regulation/OFAC, government relations, and privacy/data security for an international insurance and financial services company.
Representing a global airline in the General Court against the European Commission's air cargo cartel decision, with simultaneous damages litigation in the UK and the Netherlands.
Advising one of the world's largest freight forwarders in the context of a European Commission cartel investigation and a subsequent appeal to the General Courts. The team successfully secured a significant fine reduction for the client which was being investigated by anti-trust authorities, notably the European Commission and US Department of Justice, following global dawn raids across the industry in 2007.
Acting for a global airline in complex class action cases currently pending in the US including in the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the Northern District of California District Courts. The Plaintiffs allege billions of US dollars in damages.
Advising a Japanese manufacturer of electronic equipment, in multi-district class action antitrust litigation alleging violations of the Sherman Act and state laws in the optical disk drive industry.
Acting for Pool Corporation and its subsidiaries in a multi-district litigation alleging violations of the antitrust laws in regard to the distribution of swimming pool products and supplies. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and is in the discovery stage.