Practice Areas - Antitrust
The firm concentrates on antitrust law. Its lawyers have represented consumers in class actions, generic pharmaceutical companies, auto parts companies, and family businesses. The firm’s senior partner, Howard Langer, served as lead counsel in In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, 2004 WL 1221350 (E.D. Pa. 2004). On behalf of purchasers of corrugated boxes, Mr. Langer obtained what was at the time the largest antitrust recovery within the Third Circuit. He has written a basic text on antitrust law, Competition Law of the United States, (Wolters Kluwer, 2d. Ed 2015) and, for the past ten years, has taught the primary antitrust lecture course at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania
The firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants. It has prosecuted price-fixing cases, monopolization cases, and patent antitrust cases. It has also successfully defended companies in major antitrust litigation. See, e.g., The Kroger Co. v. Sanofi-Aventis, 701 F. Supp. 2d 938 (S.D. Ohio 2010). The firm’s lawyers have also successfully represented small businesses in distribution matters. In Beilowitz v. General Motors Corp., 233 F. Supp. 2d 631 (D.N.J. 2002), for example, the court enjoined a new national parts distribution system by General Motors that would have destroyed a major distributor’s business.
The firm is willing to take cases on the cutting edge. The firm’s lawyers helped develop the law in the area of pharmaceutical antitrust litigation in such cases as Chemi SpA v. GlaxoSmithKline, 356 F. Supp. 2d 495 (E.D. Pa. 2005); Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc., 1997 WL 805261 (E.D. Pa. 1997); and King Drug Co. of Florence Inc. v. Cephalon, Inc., 702 F. Supp. 2d 514 (E.D. Pa. 2010).
Most recently, after successfully obtaining class certification and successfully opposing the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, the firm settled a major antitrust action against the National Hockey League. For the first time, a major sports league has agreed to unbundle its Internet sports offering and to offer individual team streams at discounted prices.
The firm is lead counsel in the companion case involving Major League Baseball, Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, which is scheduled for trial in January 2016. Among other things, the firm obtained a major ruling concerning the application of the baseball antitrust exemption, in which the court ruled that the exemption does not cover baseball’s territorial broadcast rules. See Laumann v. NHL, 56 F. Supp. 3d 280 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)