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Antitrust and Competition

Pepper Hamilton LLP represents companies and, often, their officers and directors, in civil and criminal antitrust matters in federal and state courts and before various agencies.  Our practice also involves counseling international and domestic clients on how to avoid antitrust liability in their day-to-day operations, and assisting them to implement effective compliance programs.  A substantial portion of our practice also focuses on handling Hart-Scott-Rodino matters and merger and non-merger-related investigations.

Antitrust Litigation

We have extensive trial experience in antitrust cases. That experience includes handling class action and multidistrict litigation, and often coordinating litigation filed by various plaintiffs in multiple jurisdictions. Our trial teams are carefully chosen to achieve client goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Pepper has considerable experience with the investigative and enforcement staff of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, the FTC and the offices of state attorneys general nationwide. Our practice in these areas includes matters involving the Sherman and Clayton Acts, the Robinson-Patman Act and state antitrust laws, as well as civil RICO claims, consumer protection statutes, franchise laws and a range of other antitrust, trade regulation, and competition statutes and regulations. We also have experience defending clients in patent-antitrust cases, including against allegations of “sham” patent litigation, fraud on the PTO, improper Orange Book listings and anticompetitive settlement agreements with generics.

Antitrust Counseling

A significant portion of our practice involves counseling clients in various industries to avoid antitrust liability and implement effective compliance programs. Our experience includes advising clients grappling with complex antitrust and distribution issues in high-risk industries such as chemicals, automotive and auto parts, bio-pharmaceutical, building products, flat glass, high tech and various other industries.

We also represent many companies in a wide variety of industries in connection with Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and proceedings, including handling second request, negotiations with the antitrust regulators and working with consulting economists.