Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Sidley’s antitrust litigation lawyers offer the full range of antitrust representations, including litigation, merger clearance and counseling. Our lawyers are regularly at the forefront of major corporate transactions and landmark antitrust cases, involving claims of price fixing, market allocation, actual or attempted monopolization, price discrimination, resale price maintenance, refusals to deal, information exchanges, improper dealer terminations and other alleged antitrust violations.
Through a cross-office worldwide team, including the U.S., Europe and Asia, Sidley is well-positioned to handle small cases, large, precedent-setting or “bet the company” cases and multidistrict class action cases. The firm represents domestic and foreign corporations of all sizes, trade associations, governmental entities, professional societies and individuals in the full range of civil and criminal trials, before administrative law judges at the Federal Trade Commission and a variety of other U.S. regulatory agencies. In the European Union, our lawyers have an impressive track record representing clients before the European Court of First Instance and Court of Justice in Luxembourg in appeals of decisions of the European Commission in merger control, antitrust and state aid cases.
As a result of our nationally recognized Appellate practice, the firm’s antitrust-related appellate practice in the United States is robust, representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, state supreme courts and other appellate bodies. The firm is often retained to handle an important trial when the client believes that there is a chance that an issue might be appealed.
Lawyers in our Transportation group have extensive experience advising clients on a variety of issues relating to the antitrust laws and to allegations of unfair competition. We have represented railroads, air carriers and logistics providers in antitrust cases alleging market allocations, price-fixing conspiracies, vertical foreclosures and various forms of claimed unfair or unreasonable competitive practices. Such representation is often undertaken in partnership with our colleagues in the Antitrust group and has taken us to numerous Federal District Courts and the Courts of Appeals, as well as to State court tribunals and to the Surface Transportation Board.
We also actively provide counseling and advice to clients with respect to the scope of permissible activities and methods for conducting business that minimize potential exposure to claims of antitrust law violations. Finally, we provide advice with regard to legislative activities involving antitrust laws, and recently represented the Association of American Railroads in appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify in opposition to a bill aimed at repealing various antitrust immunities applicable to railroads in the Interstate Commerce Act.