United States: New York
High-profile antitrust litigation is the bread and butter of the 10 partners that make up Winston & Strawn’s New York antitrust practice. Headed by former Dewey & LeBoeuf heavyweights Jeffrey L Kessler and A Paul Victor, the group is dealing with around 10 major cartel investigations and their ensuing private lawsuits. An example is the sprawling car parts probe – Winston & Strawn is acting in five different multi-district litigations for three companies: Panasonic, Nippon Seiki and NTN Bearing.
The firm is also involved in the cathode ray tube and optical disk drive matters for more than one party, and is representing almost half of the defendants in the batteries cartel case. There are also the compressor, power cables and potash litigations being run out of the New York office – the list goes on. Winston & Strawn also acted in a full-bench trial regarding credit card companies’ use of arbitration clauses to hinder competition, one of only two major civil trials this year.
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 850 attorneys across 18 offices in Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Taipei, and Washington, D.C.
For more than a century, companies from around the world have relied on Winston & Strawn’s antitrust/competition attorneys to help them solve their most complex problems. Our globally renowned team has an unparalleled ability to handle issues of every size and scope, including government investigations, global cartel defense, merger reviews, civil litigation and class actions.
At Winston & Strawn, we’ve been at the forefront of antitrust litigation since the inception of antitrust law. In the earliest days of our firm, our growth was driven by our service of clients who were rapidly growing as well—into America’s most prolific manufacturers, important financial institutions, and iconic railroads, airlines, and automobile companies. In fact, it’s been said that our successful representation of the leading railroads of the early 20th century, including Chicago’s historic Union Stockyard and Transit Company, was one of the catalysts for the passage of the Clayton Antitrust Act. From those beginnings, Winston & Strawn has continued to be a transcendent force in antitrust law for more than a hundred years. In the past few decades, our notable representations have included a headline-grabbing price-fixing case for General Electric involving the sale of industry diamonds, Bell Atlantic’s history-making merger with NYNEX (the second largest in American history at the time), a mammoth monopoly case for Microsoft brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, and three separate landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of clients Armour, Panasonic (f/k/a Matsushita), and Monsanto.
Our antitrust/competition attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in both government and private antitrust litigation. We routinely handle the most complex disputes for our clients, including cases ranging from market-division and price-fixing conspiracies to those involving antitrust claims arising in connection with patent, contract, Lanham Act, and unfair trade practice issues. Our private antitrust litigation experience includes the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants. Of particular note is our experience with global cartel defense work. At any given time, we are typically handling the defense of clients in no fewer than a dozen major international cartel matters around the world. These matters often involve simultaneous government investigations, direct and indirect purchaser multi-district class action litigations, billions of dollars in alleged damages at stake, dozens of opt-out cases, and State Attorney General actions.
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