Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
and Best Lawyers®

Metropolitan Tier 3, Houston
Litigation - Antitrust

 

Gardere strives to be a leader in our markets for antitrust and competition law challenges.  Our team helps domestic and foreign entities with sophisticated international competition investigations, merger reviews and litigation in an abruptly and relentlessly regulatory environment in the U.S. and internationally.

We are especially high-regarded for RICO-related litigation and counsel, helping public and private businesses of virtually all types and sizes at trial and on appeal nationwide.   Our team members are known by our peers as global leaders in this area of the law and by our clients for our efficient, pragmatic approach to management of their cases and issues.

We are known for our work in the insurance sector as well as the medical supply and midstream oil and gas industries, handling disputes involving distribution plans, resale price maintenance, territorial restrictions, exclusive arrangements and other complex antitrust claims. Our lawyers assist with:

  • Certification of classes
  • Private litigation
  • Criminal grand jury investigations
  • Civil investigations by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and state of Texas
  • Mergers, acquisitions, distribution practices, pricing, over-charging conspiracy and discounts
  • Advertising
  • Trade association activities
  • Trade regulation matters

Our antitrust experience has allowed our lawyers to build a national and global network over the years.  Knowing who's who offers our clients immediate access to top-notch local representation regardless of the jurisdiction, a valuable asset in bringing claims to a timely and successful conclusion.

Client Stories

Antitrust Claim Involving Supply of Medical Devices for the VA

Where we started:  DOC Development claimed that a competitor ­ our client, Jordan Reses Supply Company, LLC -- violated Section 1 and Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act when it interfered with fulfillment of an order for medical devices under an award from the federal Veterans Administration

Our roadmap: Gardere is acting as lead counsel in representing Jordan Reses as a co-defendant against the plaintiff's claims

And finally:  This dispute is currently in progress.

Settled Antitrust Case against Jordan Reses Supply Company

Where we started:   In March 2011, SMRT, LLC filed suit against Jordan Reses, the largest provider of certain durable medical devices to the Veterans Administration Medical Centers, and others.

Our Roadmap:   Gardere defended Jordan Reses and the plaintiff's claim that our client had conspired to violate the California antitrust laws through boycotts, refusals to deal and vertical market allocations. 

And finally:  The suit settled on terms favorable to our client.

Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Essentials

Gardere lawyers have handled dozens of antitrust class actions in courts throughout the country.  Our experience with antitrust issues is broad and covers the following industries:

  • Telecommunications  
  • Automotive 
  • Bakeries
  • Banking and factoring
  • Cable television
  • Charitable organizations
  • Construction
  • Credit reporting
  • Electronics
  • Energy exploration
  • Explosives
  • Food distribution
  • Gasoline
  • Health care
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Information management
  • Insurance
  • Metal refining and recycling
  • Oil and gas
  • Retailing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plumbing products
  • Retailing
  • Sports

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