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Complex Civil Antitrust Litigation
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King & Spalding's antitrust lawyers provide sophisticated, solution-oriented advice on all aspects of antitrust and trade regulation law, including antitrust litigation. Our antitrust group has been recognized as one of the top practices in the country, and many of our antitrust attorneys have been singled out by Chambers USA, United States Lawyers Rankings and The Best Lawyers in America as leaders in the field. Our capabilities include:

  • Antitrust Litigation - We regularly try cases to verdict and defend clients against criminal investigations, opt-out group actions, class actions, appellate matters and other antitrust litigation - including cases ranging from multi-district litigation against alleged cartel members to disputes between competitors. We help clients resolve antitrust risk in cases involving claims of monopolization, restraint of trade, predatory pricing, and price fixing.

  • International and Domestic Cartel Litigation - We represent clients in antitrust investigations and enforcement actions conducted by government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and other international agencies. Having been involved in the most significant cartel cases over the past decade, including the major cartel cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, and participated in four cartel related Statement of Objection/Oral Hearing proceedings before the European Commission, our group knows how to guide clients through all phases of these investigations, including search warrants, subpoenas, "dawn raids," and immunity and plea negotiations. Experience has shown us how each agency approaches their investigation and how to fact-find to increase efficiency and minimize risk. Our lawyers assist clients in anticipating and limiting private treble damage actions that often follow these government investigations. When appropriate, we obtain amnesty under leniency programs now in place worldwide.

  • Managing Civil Litigation - We routinely defend civil litigation that frequently accompanies government investigations, including antitrust class and direct actions, securities and shareholder derivative actions, and other types of civil claims. We also defend companies in civil antitrust cases brought by competitors, customers, and other participants in relevant markets. If necessary, we take such matters to trial in an effective manner. We have a clear record of successful achievements in these cases, including successful motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss foreign claims.

  • Identifying and Prosecuting Plaintiff Antitrust Actions - We have successfully represented major corporations in actions involving market manipulation and price fixing claims and obtained significant recoveries for them. We also monitor antitrust class actions on an ongoing basis for those clients that could potentially be included in the class. In addition, we have successfully represented major corporations in actions against competitors.

King & Spalding's antitrust attorneys make the commitment to understand each client's business and legal needs so we can set forth a course of action that is cost-effective and efficient. Our practice of teaming with in-house counsel and other outside counsel on complex cases is a model that enables effective and efficient implementation of legal strategies. In fact, our litigation team was recently recognized by The American Lawyer for our superior litigation skills and effective management of antitrust litigation.