Robinson+Cole has the necessary understanding and experience to counsel clients on all aspects of antitrust compliance.
Our Services and Our Team
Our experience extends to issues clients are likely to face, such as the following:
While we strive to minimize the risk of litigation for our clients, lawsuits are sometimes unavoidable. Robinson+Cole has handled all phases of criminal and civil antitrust litigation. We take pride in obtaining favorable outcomes efficiently and economically.
We also advise clients faced with governmental investigations. This includes responding to civil investigative demands or subpoenas issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state regulatory authorities as well as defending government enforcement actions. We provide ongoing advice aimed at proactively managing our clients’ litigation risks. An effective antitrust compliance program can go a long way in both avoiding problems and dealing with enforcement agencies.
One of the firm’s partners, Brian Moran, authored an antitrust compliance book entitled The Executive’s Antitrust Guide to Pricing – Understanding the Implications of Typical Marketing, Distribution and Pricing Policies, published by Thomson in 2013. He and others at the firm conduct antitrust compliance programs for clients.
Currently serve as trial counsel in defending the leading provider of bar exam preparation courses in a suit brought by a recent market entrant. Our client is accused of monopolizing the market and conspiring with certain law schools to withhold tabling privileges and access at the law schools in an effort to exclude the plaintiff from the market.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a developer of a private island community in a suit brought by a realtor challenging the developer’s policies regarding access to the island by nonaffiliated brokers.
On behalf of a recent market entrant, Robinson+Cole successfully negotiated with the dominant industry firm to obtain a more level playing field in a market where logistics demanded cooperation among industry participants.
Obtained a favorable settlement on the eve of trial in a challenge by the number two long-distance telecommunications carrier in Guam to the exclusionary practices of the dominant carrier.
Successfully avoided an indictment and negotiated an acceptable outcome with the FTC in response to a civil investigative demand issued to a trade association accused of price fixing.
Counseled a national distributor of petroleum products in connection with its acquisition of a distributor of industrial gases. Robinson+Cole advised on both Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification requirements and revisions to the integrated company’s antitrust compliance manual.
Obtained summary judgment for a supermarket chain in a civil case accusing it of monopolization by, in part, purchasing real estate to preempt local competition.
Successfully persuaded the Department of Justice not to prosecute a client in a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy involving multiple competitors in the explosives industry.
Currently counseling a manufacturer of nutritional supplements with regard to its pricing and distribution plans.
Currently advising a client on the negotiation of the joint use with a competitor of a distribution channel.