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LeClairRyan’s Antitrust team routinely represent clients of all types and sizes – from the likes of local healthcare providers to multinational companies – at federal and state levels and in a variety of antitrust and trade-regulation cases, including civil and criminal litigation and investigations and enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice and state Attorneys General’s offices.

We counsel clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, regulatory compliance, and many other antitrust-related issues. We also help our clients make sure their current and contemplated business practices adhere to antitrust laws such as the Sherman Act and Robinson-Patman Act of 1936.

Regardless of the task at hand, the experienced attorneys on our multidisciplinary Antitrust team place a premium on working together to obtain maximum results for our clients. In every matter we handle, we strive to become our client’s trusted advisor. In this role, we apply our knowledge, insight and skill to help clients achieve their business objectives while managing and minimizing their legal risks, difficulties and expenses.

Representative engagements include:

  • Representing a Florida hospital involved in a merger with a urology practice in an FTC investigation for antitrust
  • Representing a hospital system that is purchasing an oncology practice in an investigation by the FTC Health Care Services and Products Division
  • Represented a national franchisor in a multiweek arbitration proceeding in California brought by an area developer and multi-unit franchisee involving price-discrimination claims under the Robinson-Patman Act, as well as unlawful product restrictions
  • Defended a multinational company against claims of antitrust violations, resulting in a defense verdict on an award of attorneys’ fees
  • Represented product manufacturer in an eight-week jury trial alleging monopolization of an exclusive dealer in the market for transparent tape in the United States
  • Defended an electronics distributor against Robinson-Patman Act claims brought by another distributor
  • Represented manufacturers of submersible gasoline pumps against an injunction sought by the United States under the Clayton Antitrust Act against the merger of their business
  • Represented a physician who was denied privileges at a hospital and sued under the Sherman Antitrust Act and Virginia antitrust statutes
  • Successfully represented large pharmaceutical company regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s informal request for additional information through a “Voluntary Access Letter,” and won early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976
  • Defended an international distributor of electronic equipment against price-discrimination claims
  • Defended a beer distributor against claims of horizontal territorial allocation


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