Antitrust Litigation


Antitrust investigations and litigation have always posed significant challenges to a company’s ongoing operations and future profits. These threats have grown significantly in recent years, as a result of increased class action litigation, and the efforts of the plaintiffs’ bar to expand private litigation rights and collective redress.

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  • In re Chocolate Confectionary Litigation (M.D. Pa.). After a lengthy, seven-year legal battle, McDermott secured summary judgment of behalf of Mars, Incorporated, in class actions on behalf of direct and indirect purchasers of chocolate candy alleging that manufacturers conspired to fix the prices at which they sold chocolate candy in the United States.
  • In re Steel Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.). Currently defending Steel Dynamics, Inc., in putative, nationwide class actions against producers of raw steel and alleging an antitrust conspiracy to fix prices by restricting the supply of all steel products in the United States.
  • In re Dairy Farmers of America Cheese Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.). Currently defending the largest dairy cooperative in the United States in nationwide and statewide putative class actions alleging monopolization and conspiracy in the market for cheese and dairy products, having successfully resolved parallel regulatory and criminal investigations. Recently achieved complete dismissal of all remaining claims. This is the third in a string of victories by McDermott in the long-standing case, with billions of dollars at issue.

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To meet these multi-front challenges, clients need legal counsel with experience, international reach and familiarity with all major national and international regulatory regimes and dispute-resolution forums. With a talented team and depth across our offices, McDermott provides effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition laws worldwide.

Key Contacts

Raymond A. Jacobsen, Jr.

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Antitrust Litigation

Insights & Events / Media

Antitrust M&A Snapshot / November 2019

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / September 24, 2019

Cartel Snapshot / June 2019

Law360 / February 27, 2019

Cartel Snapshot / February 2019

Business Law Magazine / February 27, 2019

The Licensing Journal / February 2019

JUVE Handbuch 2018/2019 / November 2018

General Counsel News — Intellectual Property / July 19, 2017

Webinar / Speaking Engagements / June 14, 2017

Today's General Counsel / June 13, 2017

Corporate Counsel / May 17, 2017











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