• Antitrust

    Manatt handles disputes including pricing, monopolization, cartels, collusion, and controversial mergers and acquisitions. Because we have highly knowledgable counsel across many practice areas and trusted relationships with industry and government officials, your case is handled efficiently, thoroughly and with the greatest possibility of success.  

    The quickest path to approval is preapproval
    Manatt helps structure your major transactions to avoid trouble with regulators. We have the experience and in-depth industry knowledge to seek preapproval at the earliest possible time. Our deep-rooted antitrust compliance strategies meet the requirements of current state acts and the Clayton, Robinson-Patman and Sherman federal antitrust acts. We can expeditiously handle Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and secure regulatory approvals of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures without unnecessary delay or controversy.

    Manatt's world-class litigation team strives to help you avoid litigation. We raise red flags and work with you to turn them green. When litigation is in your best interest, we're the ones to have on your side. Members of our antitrust team include a former assistant U.S. attorney, a lawyer previously with the Federal Trade Commission and a former member of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. If you have to take a case to trial, our world-class trial lawyers can help you obtain the best result. 

    Manatt ensures competitive balance and helps the law work for you - not the other way around.

    California's Unfair Competition Law
    If you're in California, Manatt's antitrust lawyers can provide particular insight into the state's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq. (UCL). As UCL litigation has increased throughout the past decade, we've successfully represented defendants, plaintiffs and friends of the court. Our lawyers are so well versed in the nearly 70 years of related case law and legislative history that we've helped shape judicial interpretation of the UCL by taking first-impression cases to the courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court.

    Select cases

    • After a decade of unsuccessful attempts to merge and having dealt with prosecutions filed by the Department of Justice and the state of Florida, a Florida-based hospital system contacted Manatt. Working with the government, Manatt secured early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and within a year handled a merger of two hospital systems without litigation.
    • Manatt obtained summary judgment for a multiehospital system in a class action suit claiming that our clients' hospitals throughout Southern California conspired to suppress salaries for nurses. The lawsuit is similar to other cases pending across the United States and was the first one where summary judgment was obtained. 
    • Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield, et al.: Manatt successfully defended and obtained summary judgment for both a state and parallel federal consumer class action suit alleging price fixing in the retail and wholesale gasoline market. We ultimately argued the case before the California Supreme Court and won a unanimous decision on groundbreaking issues involving both the standard of review in summary judgments and antitrust law. 
    • When a class action antitrust suit was filed against a provider of actuarial data and certain insurers, Manatt was hired to defend the claim. The suit alleged that our client had conspired to underpay construction costs associated with property and casualty claims. We ultimately obtained dismissal on the pleadings of the antitrust claim as a matter of law.
    • We secured summary judgment for Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West) in an exclusive dealing, tying, attempted monopolization and unfair competition case involving provider system contracts with insurance plans.
    • We secured summary judgment for Ticketmaster in a sections 1 and 2 and UCL case alleging illegal exclusive dealing and monopolization of the ticketing services market.


    Attorneys & Professionals

    Badkar, Dinesh R. Los Angeles 310.312.4266
    Becker, Robert D. Palo Alto 650.812.1370
    Chew, Benjamin G. Washington, D.C. 202.585.6511
    de Recat, Craig J. Los Angeles 310.312.4319
    Dunlop, Lisl J. New York 212.790.4507
    Fabrikant, Robert Washington, D.C. 202.585.6556
    Julian, Kenneth B. Orange County 714.338.2745
    Katz, Ronald S. Palo Alto 650.812.1346
    Lee, Barry W. San Francisco 415.291.7450
    Libby, John F. Los Angeles 310.312.4342
    Mayne, Stephen S. San Francisco 415.291.7455
    O'Connell, Kevin Los Angeles 310.312.4222
    Thompson, Martin J. Orange County 714.371.2530
    Wollman, Shari Mulrooney Los Angeles 310.312.4309


    Selected Clients

    • Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West)
    • Ingersoll-Rand
    • Korean Television Enterprises, Ltd.
    • Lason Systems, Inc.
    • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
    • QLogic Corp.
    • Trinity Health Systems


    Representative Matters

    Experience on Your Side
    Manatt antitrust lawyers know the law because they have helped enforce it and shape it.  Members of our team have:

    • Enforced federal law as members of the U.S.Attorney's Office and the Justice Department's Antitrust Division
    • Served as counsel to the Federal Trade Commission, the President's Commission on Organized Crime, and both Congress and the White House
    • Advised the California Judicial Council on creating the official antitrust law jury instruction for the state and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
    • Held leadership positions as Chair of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Sections and as Vice Chair of the American Healthcare Association Standing Committee on Antitrust
    • Written the leading federal antitrust law handbook and the first compendium of antitrust law jury instructions for any state, as well as many other articles and treatises on antitrust law

    We know what the antitrust statutes mean, what the regulators want, and what the best strategies are for achieving your business goals.

  • Awards & Rankings

    logo/img/@altRanked in Orange County for Antitrust Law 2013-2015