Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's antitrust practice counsels large and small corporations and corporate officers on criminal and civil antitrust, trade regulation and consumer protection cases at the state and federal levels.

Working in integrated teams comprised of professionals from our Litigation and Business and Finance departments, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr represents clients in antitrust investigations, formal and informal interrogations, issues related to pending mergers, settlement negotiations and litigation. 

Additional counsel areas include Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, pricing policies, distribution and franchise practices, distributor and dealer termination, joint ventures, advertising and warranties, and compliance programs to prevent antitrust liabilities.   

Antitrust clients and industry experience

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has represented many Fortune 100 companies and corporate clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal litigation, including class actions. Industries in which we have handled antitrust and trade regulation litigation include:  

  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Building products
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer goods and services
  • E-Commerce
  • Energy/Petroleum
  • Food
  • Franchisers
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial equipment
  • Office products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing
  • Purchasing cooperatives
  • Securities
  • Steel
  • Telecommunications
  • Tobacco

Within the petroleum industry, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has extensive experience with federal and state regulation of downstream marketing activities, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) and other antitrust, trade regulation and consumer protection statutes.

Antitrust leadership and practice approach

Several members of our antitrust lawyers began their careers as government enforcers and prosecutors. This includes the former chief of the antitrust division of the Maryland attorney general’s office and a former deputy attorney general in the antitrust section of Pennsylvania’s attorney general's office.

Recently, one of our attorneys was named the "2012 Baltimore Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America.  Our attorneys write and speak on antitrust matters and have served as law school instructors on the topic.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's commitment to efficiency is evident in our handling of antitrust matters. In several recent trials, we effectively used state-of-the-art presentation tools to recall deposition testimony, demonstrative exhibits, and other presentation materials to the jury. Our smart use of technological resources is just one way we are able to properly staff matters, maintain the sophistication of our services, and increase value for clients.

Experience

Over the last three decades, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys, many of whom have served in government antitrust enforcement divisions, have handled hundreds of antitrust cases in the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and numerous district courts across the United States.  We have negotiated and interacted with the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and various states’ attorneys general.

Several representative matters include:

  • Achieved multimillion-dollar antitrust verdict for a distributor of inventory security devices
  • Obtained a summary judgment in a monopolization case for one of the most respected newspaper corporations in the United States
  • Negotiated a settlement of a major consumer protection lawsuit on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania against several defendants in the pharmaceuticals industry
  • Tried and won an antitrust case for the Philadelphia PGA
  • Represented two main defendants in civil Anthracite Coal antitrust case
  • Represented SEPTA in Bus Tires antitrust litigation
  • Represented the American Medical Association in an antitrust suit brought by chiropractors
  • Provided analysis and antitrust advice to corporations engaged in mergers and acquisitions, or joint ventures
  • Advised corporations regarding their current and proposed sales and distribution policies and procedures
  • Counseled clients to avoid antitrust liability and help them implement effective compliance programs
 

Recognition

The group includes attorneys who have been named to the following lists:

  • Best Lawyers

    Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, employing a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.

Trade Groups & Associations

Contacts

Charles O. Monk, II