Trade Regulation and Antitrust

Robinson+Cole lawyers have extensive experience representing clients throughout the region in the area of business and trade regulation. Our work in this is threefold: First, we advise clients on numerous trade and antitrust issues, including government review of mergers and acquisitions; allegations of state unfair competition and consumer protection statute violations, or allegations of False Claims Act violations; and Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination allegations. Second, we represent clients in opposing and complying with civil investigative demands and grand jury and Internal Revenue Service subpoenas. Third, in response to concerns raised internally by clients or by government agencies, we conduct internal investigations, with an eye toward avoiding or reducing the scope of government enforcement actions. In those instances where investigation or litigation by the government becomes unavoidable, we litigate cases and negotiate settlements.

    • Experience
      • Served as special counsel under the direction of the New Jersey Attorney General's office to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (formerly known as the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission), an agency of the State of New Jersey which owns, or will acquire, an area in excess of 1,000 acres.

      • Obtained an acquittal for a corporate client after an eight-week federal antitrust trial. The government had alleged a customer and geographic market allocation scheme in the waste hauling industry in Connecticut.
      • Obtained an acquittal for a long-standing manufacturing client after a two-week jury trial in one of the first prosecutions by Connecticut's statewide criminal environmental enforcement team.
      • Coordinated federal, state, and local project permitting for over twenty new or expanded supermarkets in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.
      • Obtained for a manufacturing client a declination of prosecution in a substantial environmental investigation by the Connecticut United States Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
      • Represented group home provider in Fair Housing Act defense against enforcement actions by the City of New London, Connecticut.
      • Defended aviation repair station against claims by Federal Aviation Administration that it had improperly returned aircraft parts to service. Issues included disputes over the proper methods for rehabilitating parts and the inconsistent guidance offered by the FAA. Civil penalties approaching $1,000,000 were settled for $10,000.
      • Represented corporate officer during all stages of criminal investigation and federal prosecution by United States Attorney's Office. Argued for and obtained non-United States Sentencing Guidelines and nonjail sentence for corporate officer.
      • Represented Criminal Justice Act client through all stages of federal prosecution by United States Attorney's Office. Obtained favorable mandatory minimum sentence for client after briefing and oral argument on crack-to-powder disparity under United States Sentencing Guidelines.
    • News
      • March 13, 2014

        Brian Moran Co-authors Antitrust Guidebook for Business Executives

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      • November 1, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives 34 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and Three National Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers Survey

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • August 27, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Provide Commentary in Law360

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • November 9, 2012

        Bill Kelleher Comments in Connecticut Law Tribune on Impact of Dodd-Frank Act Decision on Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations

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      • November 7, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives 32 First-Tier Metropolitan Rankings and Four National Rankings in U.S.News - Best Lawyers Survey

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      • October 1, 2012

        Blog Interviews Partner William Kelleher About Federal Securities Case

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      • September 19, 2012

        David Greene Writes About Debarment on LinkedIn’s FCPA Criminal Practice Group Site

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • July 30, 2012

        Partner Bill Kelleher’s Blog Interviews Published in Financial Fraud Law Report

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      • July 13, 2012

        David Greene Facilitates Q&A at Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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      • June 12, 2012

        Litigation Partner Bill Kelleher Interviewed About New Whistleblower Rules and Insider Trading Laws

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      • March 9, 2012

        Bill Kelleher Selected to Financial Fraud Law Report Board of Editors

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      • January 30, 2012

        Blog Interviews Business Litigation Partner William Kelleher

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      • October 22, 2010

        Two Robinson & Cole Attorneys Receive 40 Under Forty Award

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      • September 27, 2010

        Recent Supreme Court Decisions Impact the Business Community

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      • June 30, 2010

        Bill Kelleher Outlines Regulatory Developments at the Securities and Exchange Commission

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      • April 15, 2010

        “What To Do When the Government Knocks” Do’s and Don’ts

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Closing the Cultural Divide: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Enforcement Paradigm," published in Managing White Collar Legal Issues, 2013 Edition (1/2013)

      "The Deepest Cut? Debarment – The Cart That Leads the Horse," published on FCPA Criminal Practice Group networking site on LinkedIn (9/6/2012)

      "Circuit Court Eases SEC's Burden in 'Aiding and Abetting' Case," published in Financial Fraud Law blog, interview (8/27/2012)

      Remove It or Lose It: New Federal Rules Change Defendants' Rights to Remove Cases to Federal Court (05/08/2012)

      "Whistleblower Chiefs Discuss Reporting of Corporate Fraud," published in Financial Fraud Law blog, interview (3/28/2012)

      "What Will The STOCK Act Accomplish?" published in Financial Fraud Law blog, interview (3/22/2012)

      "Longer Prison Sentences Coming for Financial Fraud?" published in Financial Fraud Law blog (2/2/2012)

      "Insider Trading and Financial Fraud Cases Coming to Connecticut," published in Financial Fraud Law blog (1/26/2012)

      "Another Route To Enjoining Deceptive Business Practices," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, authored by Edward J. Heath (3/14/2011)

      "Preserving Privilege: The Careful and Limited Public Use and Disclosure of the Results of an Internal Investigation," coauthor, published in nine publications, including by the Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, American Bar Association; in the Corporate Officers & Directors Liability Litigation Reporter; and as the lead article on the front page of the November 2002 edition of the White-Collar Crime Reporter (11/2002)

      "From the Financial Fraud Law Blog: The Interviews," published in Financial Fraud Law Report (July/August 2012)

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