Since its founding, Langer, Grogan & Diver has specialized in protecting small businesses and consumers against anticompetitive business practices. It has litigated price-fixing cases, monopolization cases, and patent antitrust cases in diverse industries such as sports broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural commodities. The firm’s clients have included small businesses, consumers in class actions, and generic pharmaceutical companies.
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
New technologies have created new opportunities for big businesses to act in anticompetitive ways, and Langer, Grogan & Diver has made a niche at the intersection of cutting-edge developments in technology and antitrust law, most notably in its cases challenging anticompetitive broadcast practices of professional sports leagues such as the MLB, NHL, and the NFL in light of new streaming and distribution technologies.
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In Laumann v. NHL, 56 F. Supp. 3d 280 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) and Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (S.D.N.Y.), the firm settled major antitrust actions against the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. In these cases, major sports leagues agreed, for the first time, to unbundle their internet sports offerings and to offer individual team streams at discounted prices. The firm also 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
Lawyers at the firm 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).
Thanks to the efforts of the firm’s lawyers, an auto parts supplier won an injunction against General Motors that would have destroyed the distributor’s business in Beilowitz v. General Motors Corp., 233 F. Supp. 2d 631 (D.N.J. 2002).
National Football League v. Ninth Inning, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) – The firm represents a class of businesses and consumers in an action alleging an antitrust conspiracy between the NFL, its teams, and DirecTV to restrict access to out-of-market football games and drive prices up to access those games. The case is presently being prepared for trial following a landmark victory for the plaintiffs in the Ninth Circuit. See In re National Football League’s Sunday Ticket Antitrust Litigation, 933 F.3d 1136 (9th Cir. 2019).
Winters v. Ocean Spray (D. Mass) – The firm represents independent cranberry growers against Ocean Spray in an antitrust action alleging that Ocean Spray monopsonized the cranberry production market using anticompetitive methods. A trial date is pending.
Host International, Inc. v. Marketplace, PHL, LLC (E.D. Pa.) – The firm represents a business alleging that pouring rights agreements, required of vendors at the Philadelphia International Airport, are anticompetitive restraints on trade.
NEWS EVENTS AND RELATED CASE EVENTS
The 2023 edition of Chambers USA has ranked Langer, Grogan & Diver as well as Howard Langer and Ned Diver among the best. This year, our Antitrust practice was honored among the best in Pennsylvania.
The 2022 edition of Chambers USA has ranked Langer, Grogan & Diver as well as Howard Langer and Ned Diver among the best. This year, our Antitrust practice was honored among the best in Pennsylvania.
Langer, Grogan & Diver partner Peter Leckman has been elected as one of 45 new members to The American Law Institute (ALI). Peter joins other Langer, Grogan & Diver lawyers who are members of the ALI including Howard Langer, John J. Grogan, and Ned Diver. Peter’s work at Langer, Grogan & Diver focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions, and appellate work.
Law360’s Braden Campbell reports on the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell to name Langer Grogan & Diver as co-lead counsel in a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the NFL’s television broadcasting practices violate federal antitrust laws.
Law360’s Pete Brush reports on the $200M MLB Antitrust Deal Cutting Cost of Web Streams OK’d. Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin gave final approval Monday for an antitrust class action deal worth $200 million that drops the price Major League Baseball junkies pay to watch online, awarding $16.5 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and turning aside an objector who said the settlement gives no relief for those who have stopped watching.
Law360’s Jeff Zelesin reports that MLB Fans Get Initial OK for TV Antitrust Settlement. Major League Baseball fans who were taking the league to trial over its business model for out-of-market game broadcasts won a New York federal judge’s initial approval Friday to settle the antitrust class action in exchange for some new viewing options and discounts.
The 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) have unlawfully agreed to eliminate competition among themselves in broadcasting NFL games, according to a class action lawsuit filed in federal court. Represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, bar owners and football fans from around the country seek an injunction to put an end to this anticompetitive arrangement and damages to compensate for the overcharges they have paid in purchasing access to live NFL broadcasts.
The National Football League’s teams have conspired with DirecTV and television networks to inflate the cost of watching football games by selling broadcast rights collectively instead of on a team-by-team basis, sports bars and fans told a New York federal court Friday.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday approved a nonmonetary settlement in a class action accusing the NHL of conspiring to inflate the price of broadcast rights for games, and awarded plaintiffs’ attorneys $6.5 million in fees and expenses, reports Law 360’s Max Stendahl in NHL Settlement Approved In Broadcast Antitrust Case.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday refused to grant Apotex Inc. summary judgment that Cephalon Inc. had monopoly power over the market for modafinil, the active ingredient in the narcolepsy drug Provigil, saying that disputed issues exist that should be resolved at trial. Vin Gurrieri reported for Law 360 in Apotex’s Claim Of Provigil Monopoly To Be Decided At Trial.