• Antitrust

    Manatt’s Antitrust team handles complex disputes involving pricing, monopolization, cartels, collusion and controversial mergers and acquisitions. Because we have highly knowledgeable counsel across many practice areas and trusted relationships with industry and government officials, your case will be handled efficiently, thoroughly and with the greatest possibility of success. Our lawyers have the requisite experience and in-depth industry knowledge to structure your transaction to avoid trouble with regulators and will seek preapproval at the earliest possible time. Our deeply rooted, field-tested antitrust compliance strategies meet the requirements of all current state acts, as well as the federal Clayton, Robinson-Patman and Sherman 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.

    Having a world-class litigation team in your corner will help you avoid litigation. However, when litigation is unavoidable, or in your best interest, we’re also the ones to have on your side. Our Antitrust team includes a former assistant U.S. attorney as well as lawyers formerly with the FTC and the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.

    California’s Unfair Competition Law

    If you’re in California, our lawyers can provide particular insight into the state’s unfair competition law, Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq. As UCL litigation has increased throughout the past decade, we’ve successfully represented defendants, plaintiffs and amicus curiae. Our lawyers are not only well-versed in the statute’s nearly 70 years of related case law and legislative history. but we’ve helped shape judicial interpretation by taking first-impression cases to the state courts of appeal and Supreme Court.

    Representative Experience

    • We won a motion to dismiss for the American Land Title Association (ALTA) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A lawyer acting pro se sued ALTA and four of the nation’s largest title insurers, alleging a variety of antitrust violations. At the core of the suit was the allegation that a provision in a standard title insurance policy that had been drafted by our client and was widely used by title insurers duped policyholders into buying illusory coverage. The plaintiff had previously sued under such a policy and won recovery, only to learn that his damages were capped by a provision in the policy that limited his recovery to $600,000 (he was seeking to recover millions). He brought this case, he argued, to put an end to collusive and anticompetitive pricing and contract terms. The court accepted our argument that the plaintiff lacked antitrust standing.
    • We secured summary judgment for Ticketmaster in a Section 1 and 2 and UCL case alleging illegal exclusive dealing and monopolization of the ticketing services market.
    • For more than a decade we guided Texas Health Resources through antitrust-related regulatory processes in connection with its establishment of affiliations with multiple additional hospitals, resulting in THR becoming a major regional provider.
    • After a decade of DOJ and the state of Florida prosecutions thwarting a Florida-based hospital system’s merger attempts, the provider came to us. Working with the government, we secured early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and, within a year and without litigation, our client closed on a merger with another hospital system.
    • We obtained summary judgment for a multihospital system in a class action suit claiming that our clients’ hospitals throughout Southern California conspired to suppress salaries for nurses. The lawsuit was similar to other cases pending across the United States and was the first one for which summary judgment was obtained.
    • We successfully defended and obtained summary judgment in parallel state and federal, consumer class actions alleging price fixing in the retail and wholesale gasoline markets. The state case went up to the California Supreme Court, where we won a unanimous decision on groundbreaking issues involving antitrust law as well as the standard of review in summary judgments. (Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield, et al.).
    • We secured summary judgment for Dignity Health in an exclusive-dealing, tying, attempted monopolization and unfair competition case involving provider system contracts with insurance plans.

    Attorneys & Professionals

    Email
    Name
    Office
    Phone
    Antler, Ashley B. New York 212.790.4554
    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
    Kanny, Matt Los Angeles 310.312.4225
    Katz, Ronald S. Palo Alto 650.812.1346
    Landsberg, Barry S. Los Angeles 310.312.4259
    Lee, Barry W. San Francisco 415.291.7450
    Libby, John F. Los Angeles 310.312.4342
    Maas, Carri San Francisco 415.291.7459
    Mayne, Stephen S. San Francisco 415.291.7455
    O'Connell, Kevin Los Angeles 310.312.4222
    Reilly, Brandon P. Orange County 714.338.2701
    Thompson, Martin J. Orange County 714.371.2530
    Wollman, Shari Mulrooney Los Angeles 310.312.4309

    Antitrust

    Selected Clients

    • Dignity Health
    • Ingersoll-Rand
    • Korean Television Enterprises, Ltd.
    • Lason Systems, Inc.
    • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
    • QLogic Corp.
    • Trinity Health Systems

    Antitrust

    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