United States: Pennsylvania
Led by Carl Hittinger, the Philadelphia-based antitrust group at BAKERHOSTETLER counts two other partners, two counsel and two associates. The team – which covers the full spectrum of competition litigation – successfully defended Alon USA Energy against two class action lawsuits alleging it was part of a conspiracy to raise gasoline prices in California, securing summary judgment in its favour in October 2022. The team also represents Equity Residential in a separate class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing conspiracies in the real estate rental industry. BakerHostetler advises clients on the other side of the “v” as well, with the Pennsylvania team representing chemical manufacturer Albemarle in its monopolisation lawsuit against Olin Corporation and landlord Brandywine Village Associates in its similar case against a rival.
|Head(s) of competition
|No of WWL Nominees
|3 partners, 2 counsel, 2 associates
|Alon USA Energy, Equity Residential, Culligan/Zero, Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Brandywine Village Associates, Albemarle Corporation, TetraPak, PTC Therapeutics, Baker Hughes, Artera Services
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Our diverse team includes more than 50 antitrust lawyers, many of them former high-ranking regulators from key government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as state attorneys general. With a well-established record of success, we are recognized as a leading practice by Global Competition Review, Chambers USA and The Legal 500.
We provide sophisticated and actionable strategies focused on positioning our clients for success in the most crucial antitrust and competition matters. Clients draw on our firm’s interdisciplinary experience and resources, including our highly regarded white collar, securities and governance, and commercial litigation attorneys. Additionally, we are one of the few antitrust teams in the country that successfully handles large-scale multidistrict class action antitrust matters, including taking those cases to trial, and on appeal. Our specialized Cartel and Government Antitrust Investigations Task Force handles sophisticated criminal antitrust investigations and follow-on civil actions.
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