United States: Government Antitrust
The antitrust group at Crowell & Moring says 2013 saw stunning success in all facets of the practice, including advising on five in-depth merger investigations and prevailing in a dozen dispositive motions in litigations. The team, headed by Wm Randolph Smith and Robert Lipstein, is advising AT&T in its merger with Leap Wireless; DuPont in its sale of automotive coatings to the Carlyle Group, and Veolia Environment’s sale of its solid waste management unit to Highstar Capital.
In court, the Crowell & Moring group is acting for a handful of opt-out plaintiffs, including AT&T, Motorola, Target, Sears and others, who are fighting to recover damages caused by the LCD cartel. Trial is set in that case for 2014. The firm is also acting for a client in the rail freight surcharge case.
United States: New York
Big-ticket merger work, criminal cartel investigations and civil antitrust litigation are the three pillars of Crowell & Moring’s workload, say joint practice leaders Olivier Antoine and Dan Zelenko. Crowell is representing AT&T in its proposed US$4 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless, a case that’s firmly in the spotlight given AT&T’s failure to tie-up with T-Mobile last year. Antoine was counsel to DuPont in the US$4.9 billion acquisition of its automotive coatings business by Carlyle Group.
On the behavioural side, Crowell is advising clients in some of the DoJ’s major investigations: car parts, Libor and municipal bonds. Zelenko focuses his practice on litigation, and says the firm is busy in its defence of Amazon over alleged monopolisation of the e-books market through its agreements with the six major publishing houses. It is also defending medical products distributor Owens & Minor in two federal lawsuits challenging a company’s pricing model; in the first lawsuit the claims were dismissed.