GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Mayer Brown LLP

18 January 2011

Mayer Brown LLP feature in our coverage in a number of jurisdictions.

United States: Government Antitrust

Mayer Brown LLP has a 17-strong competition practice in Washington, DC, led by partner and Who's Who nominee Robert E Bloch. He works alongside 11 other partners, two counsel and three associates.

The group acts for BNSF Railway Company in a nationwide putative class action alleging that the major US freight railroads engaged in a conspiracy to fix fuel surcharges that are added to shipping rates. It represents Cypress Semiconductor in approximately 75 class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of SRAM chips who alleged that Cypress and other manufacturers fixed prices over a nine-year period. The Department of Justice closed its grand jury investigation without filing charges.

Mayer Brown is also counsel to The Mosaic Company, a domestic manufacturer of potash agricultural fertilizer, in class actions alleging that Mosaic and its competitors conspired to fix prices.

On the transactional side, the firm is antitrust counsel to Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) in its US$7.9 billion merger with PepsiCo and Pepsi Americas. The tie-up will reunite PBG with PepsiCo after the 1999 spin-off of PBG as a separate, publicly held company.

Other clients include NorthShore University HealthSystem, Solvay Pharmaceuticals and United Airlines.

United States: Illinois

Meanwhile, Mayer Brown LLP also has its roots planted firmly in Chicago, where the firm made its name taking on some of the earliest Sherman Act cases.

Over the years, the now-global firm played a major part in litigation involving Hollywood movie distributors, represented General Motors in its litigation with DuPont, and other precedent-setting competition law battles.

Now, with 12 partners on the antitrust litigation team in the Chicago office, rivals say Mayer Brown, like many other historic Chicago practices, is better thought of as a global firm rather than a Chicago firm that has branched out.

Over the past year, partners Andrew Marovitz and Britt Miller have led the Chicago team in a litany of complex matters. Cases include defending client BASF from cartel allegations in the urethane market; winning a dismissal of unfair monpolisation charges against client AT&T; and advising ArcelorMittal in a cartel case that accused the company of conspiring to reduce steel production. Other clients include United Airlines, United HealthCare Group and others.

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