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Overview

Honigman's Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group has a wealth of cutting-edge experience in antitrust litigation, defense of government investigations, and counseling:

  • We have a national practice, and have litigated antitrust cases and represented clients in antitrust matters in more than 30 states.
  • We have been lead counsel in many major, nine-figure antitrust cases.
  • Honigman has successfully defended a number of significant merger investigations, and has defeated the Department of Justice in merger litigation.
  • We have extensive experience in defense of antitrust class actions.  We have defeated class certification on numerous occasions. 
  • While Honigman has predominantly focused on defending antitrust claims, we have also had a number of successes as plaintiffs in antitrust litigation.
  • Our experience includes international anticompetitive practices and mergers, including advocacy before the European Commission and the Canadian Competition Tribunal.

Our focus is on cost as well as success. 

  • We routinely utilize outside document review firms to control the cost of litigation.
  • Our lawyers’ economics training allows us to often avoid the significant expense of outside expert economists.
  • We routinely offer alternative fee arrangements to reduce client costs. 

Representative Matters

  • Challenged hospital acquisition of physician practice (Saint Alphonsus v. St. Luke's Health System, Ltd.)
  • Defended a series of cases involving allegations of anticompetitive agreements with regard to the sale of infant formula in Michigan (Holmes v. Abbott Laboratories), Alabama (Durden v. Abbott Laboratories), Kansas (Holden v. Abbott Laboratories) and South Dakota (Hagemann v. Abbott Laboratories)
  • Defended a series of cases involving claims of price fixing among the manufacturers of brand name prescription drugs in Michigan (Wood v. Abbott Laboratories), Minnesota (Kerr v. Abbott Laboratories), Maine (Karofsky v. Abbott Laboratories), Alabama (Durrett v. Upjohn Company) and Washington, D.C. (Goda v. Abbott Laboratories)
  • Defended a series of indirect purchaser cases alleging price fixing among manufacturers of vitamins, including class actions and multiple plaintiff cases involving consumers, livestock producers and vitamin supplement manufacturers
  • Defended government investigations of physician practices and hospital/physician networks in Indiana, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas
  • Defended government investigations of mergers and joint ventures in the automobile parts, hospital, mainframe computer software, design computer software, supermarket, oil field servicing, specialty physician practice and home hardware industries
  • Advocated government challenges of mergers (and in some cases) worked with government agencies on those challenges, in the hospital and computer testing and debugging software industries
  • Advocated investigation of unfair trade practices before the European Commission and Canadian Competition Bureau
  • Consulted on mergers in the mainframe computer software industry and IT services industries
  • Counseled numerous hospitals and physician groups regarding mergers and acquisitions in Indiana, Florida, California, Idaho, Mississippi, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Alabama, New Jersey and Texas
  • Counseled physician and hospital networks in Alabama, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan and Texas
  • Defense of hospital merger (U.S. v. Mercy Health Services) 
  • Defense of physician merger and negotiation of consent order (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Urology of Central Pennsylvania, Inc.)
  • Request for injunction against hospital acquisition of physician practice (Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa, Inc. v St. Luke’s Health System)
  • Claim that IBM monopolized and/or attempted to monopolize certain mainframe software "tools" markets, and engaged in unlawful tying in these markets (Compuware v. IBM Corporation)
  • Claim of antitrust violations by National Collegiate Athletic Association through restrictions on the use of bats in NCAA competition (Easton v. NCAA)
  • Defense of class action alleging price fixing in the sale of merchandise at NASCAR races (In re: Motorsports Merchandise Antitrust Litigation)
  • Defense of consumer class action alleging anticompetitive agreements involving so-called "hidden city" ticketing among several national airlines (In re: Northwest Airlines Antitrust Litigation)
  • Defense of class action alleging conspiracy to suppress nurses' wages (Cason-Merendo v. Detroit Medical Center)
  • Defense of challenges to most favored nations contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (City of Pontiac v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan)
  • Defense of claims of patent tying (Dialogic v. VMX)
  • Defense of claim of boycott of aluminum service center (Champagne Metals v. Ken-Mac, Inc.)
  • Defended predatory pricing claim (Control Temp. Consultants v. Detroit Edison)

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