Girard Gibbs LLP’s antitrust attorneys enforce the laws that ensure there is competition in the modern marketplace. Through lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers and businesses alike, our attorneys have made substantial contributions to the field, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for those affected.
Our antitrust lawyers bring the knowledge, skills, and work ethic necessary to persevere in these highly contested cases. Our history of success has enabled our lawyers to continue to assume leadership roles in some of the countries’ most important antitrust cases.
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Our attorneys filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of oil and gas royalty owners, alleging that Defendants Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Sandridge Energy Corp. violated U.S. antitrust laws by engaging in a conspiracy to rig bids and artificially depress prices for purchases of (1) properties containing oil and natural gas wells, and (2) oil and natural gas leasehold interests in such properties.
Attorneys at Girard Gibbs are investigating reports that HP sabotaged the printers of consumers who use non-HP ink cartridges by causing those printers to fail if a non-HP printer ink cartridge was in use.
On February 2, 2016, our attorneys filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against the three largest distributors of dental supplies and equipment in the United States – Patterson Companies, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company – alleging the companies have unlawfully acted in concert to attempt to eliminate competition instead of competing against each other in the dental supplies market. The lawsuit further alleges that this coordinated conduct has allowed the defendants to charge dentists, orthodontists, and dental laboratories artificially high prices for dental supplies and equipment.
Our attorneys are prosecuting a price-fixing class action lawsuit against the country’s four largest manufacturers of disposable contact lenses: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Bausch & Lomb, Cooper Vision, and Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Our lawsuit alleges that these manufacturers conspired with each other and with the eye care professionals who prescribe and sell contact lenses to impose artificially high, anti-competitive prices on certain lines of disposable contact lenses.
Our attorneys are investigating a potential class action lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) and Ticketmaster for antitrust violations arising out of the NFL’s artificial inflation of the price of tickets to NFL games. NFL and Ticketmaster’s alleged conduct prohibited certain NFL ticket holders from selling their tickets to the public beneath face value, thus depriving consumers of the ability to buy cheaper tickets to NFL games.
On September 6, 2012, Girard Gibbs filed a class action lawsuit against major hotel chains and online travel agents alleging that they conspired to enter into rate parity agreements to forestall competition and restrain retail price of online hotel room reservations. As a result of these agreements, purchasers of hotel rooms paid artificially inflated prices and were denied the benefits of a competitive marketplace.
On October 16, 2012, Girard Gibbs filed a class action lawsuit alleging that drug manufacturer AstraZeneca entered into anticompetitive agreements designed to shield its brand-name heartburn drug, Nexium, from competition with generic, lower-priced versions of the drug. AstraZeneca entered into “pay-for-delay” agreements with generic drug manufacturers in which AstraZeneca agreed to pay substantial sums to the generic manufacturers in exchange for their agreement not to produce and market generic versions of Nexium until May 2014.
Girard Gibbs is investigating cases of car owners, purchasers, or leasers whose vehicles were shipped from overseas by a Roll On/Roll Off vessel (“RoRo”). New or used cars, trucks, and large equipment used in construction and agriculture that are shipped from overseas require RoRo’s, which are specialized cargo ships that do not have cargo containers. There are, therefore, a limited number of ships that can be used for shipping vehicles. Providers of vehicle carrier services provide, market, and/or sell their services to have cars shipped to the United States.
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 has sued Medicis Pharmaceuticals and a number of generic drug manufacturers, alleging a conspiracy to monopolize the market for the minocycline hydrochloride-based acne drug Solodyn by illegally preventing an artificial version from going to market. The putative antitrust class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday August 1, 2013.
This antitrust action, filed in the Superior Court of California, San Diego County, was brought on behalf of individuals and businesses in California who purchased natural gas for use (not for resale) from January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2002. The lawsuit alleges that defendants caused the price of natural gas to increase by conducting prearranged “wash trades,” (simultaneously purchasing and selling the same amount of natural gas at the same price) and reporting false price and volume information to trade publications. Plaintiffs allege that as a result, California business and residential consumers paid more for natural gas than they otherwise would have.
Girard Gibbs LLP is no longer pursuing legal action against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and HSBC concerning the banks’ alleged violation of federal antitrust laws through the manipulation of the prices of silver futures and option contracts. We are not currently accepting client inquiries into this matter.
Girard Gibbs LLP filed a class action lawsuit against numerous manufacturers of Thin-Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays (TFT-LCDs), alleging that those manufacturers conspired to fix prices on the screens in violation of federal antitrust laws. Similar cases against these manufacturers were consolidated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California before the Honorable Susan Y. Illston. On July 10, 2007, Judge Illston appointed Girard Gibbs LLP as liaison counsel for the consolidated actions on behalf of direct purchaser plaintiffs.