Antitrust Cases

Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC is dedicated to the service of society via the enforcement of Competition Law.

The Sherman Antitrust Act, enacted in 1890, is the oldest of all U.S. antitrust laws and provides:

"Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal". The Act also provides: "Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony... (You can find the full text of the Act at http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/foia/divisionmanual/ch2.htm#a1 )

Additionally, myriad other federal, state and international laws are also in place to protect the rights of those injured by anticompetitive activity. These antitrust laws are designed to keep markets free and competitive. Competitive markets not only result in lower prices to businesses, and consumers, but also spur the development of innovative, safer and better products. . Examples of anticompetitive conduct include price fixing, exchanging information that facilitates price fixing, customer allocation, market allocation and monopolization

Freed Kanner London & Millen has one of the country's most prominent and respected plaintiffs' antitrust practices. Our nationally recognized attorneys have successfully represented numerous classes and litigants, including middle-market and Fortune 500 businesses, in cases involving a broad range of industries, from consumer goods, to agricultural and food products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, technology, building materials and more. We are particularly experienced in price-fixing matters, helping manufacturers and producers of finished goods, as well as other purchasers, identify and resolve potential claims against suppliers of parts, components, chemicals and raw materials.

FKLM attorneys have pioneered the use of computer technology to develop best practices in the identification of potential antitrust law violations, the gathering and processing of information acquired during discovery phase of a case, and the tracking and management of vast quantities of critical data at every point in the pre-trial litigation, trial, settlement and ultimate distribution of proceeds to the class.

As aggressive litigators, we develop and implement sophisticated and innovative legal strategies to help our clients obtain appropriate redress. Recognizing that settlement is often a time-effficient, productive option, we are accomplished negotiators and are experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

While FKLM opened its doors on January 1, 2007 its founding partners have successfully prosecuted antitrust cases for over 30 years, as members of Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., Moreover, FKLM attorneys have served in leadership positions (as lead counsel, co-lead counsel, members of steering or executive committees, or co-chairs of discovery) in some of the largest antitrust cases United States history , including the following:

In Re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, MDL 997 (N.D. Ill.)
KLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action. Settlements totaling approximately $715 million were recovered on behalf of the plaintiff class.

In Re High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1087 (N.D. Ill.)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action against major manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup. The case was settled for $531 million for the class.

In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1261 (E.D. Pa.)
FKLM attorneys were actively involved in litigating the case which resulted in total settlements of over $200 million for the plaintiff class.

In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1285 (D.D.C.)
FKLM attorneys were co-chairs of discovery in this antitrust price-fixing action, which resulted in over $1.3 billion in settlements.

In re High Pressure Laminates Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1368 (S.D.N.Y.)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action against major manufacturers high pressure laminates.

In Re Isostatic Graphite Antitrust Litigation, Master File 00-CV-1857 (E.D. Pa.)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action. The case resulted in combined settlements of over $11 million for the class.

In re Rubber Chemicals Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1648 (N.D. Cal.)
FKLM attorneys served on the Executive Committee in this nationwide antitrust price fixing action which resulted in settlements of over $300 million for class members.

Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation, MDL 878 (N.D. Fla.)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action which settled for over $125 million.

Ocean Shipping Antitrust Litigation (Second Circuit)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action which resulted in a $79 million recovery for thousands of U.S. and European shippers. Distributions were made to claimants in the United States and throughout a number of European countries. 

In Re Carbon Dioxide Antitrust Litigation (Eleventh Circuit)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing class action in which the plaintiff class recovered $53 million and achieved significant therapeutic relief for the class.

In re Drill Bits Antitrust Litigation (Fifth Circuit)
FKLM attorneys were members of the Steering Committee in this antitrust price-fixing class action and were instrumental in achieving a settlement for the class in excess of $52 million.

In Re Industrial Gas Antitrust Litigation (Seventh Circuit)
FKLM attorneys were members of the executive committee in this antitrust price-fixing class action, which ultimately recovered more than $50 million dollars for the class. The settlement included assignable purchase certificates which the court found increased the competitive value of the settlement.

Records and Tapes Antitrust Litigation (Seventh Circuit)
FKLM attorneys were members of the executive committee in this antitrust price-fixing class action. The class recovered $26 million dollars in settlement in cash and assignable purchase certificates.

In re Plastic Tableware Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.)
FKLM attorneys were co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing action. The plaintiffs recovered over $9 million.

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FKLM attorneys are actively involved in the following cases, which are currently in varying stages of litigation:

In re Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1486 (N.D. Cal.)
FKLM attorneys serve as co-chairs of discovery in this pending nationwide antitrust price fixing action which has resulted in settlements (pending) of approximately $330 million for class members.

In re Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1542 (D. Conn.)
FKLM attorneys serve as co-chairs of discovery in this pending nationwide antitrust price fixing action which has resulted in partial settlements of over $87 million for class members.

In re Parcel Tanker Shipping Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1568 (D. Conn.)
FKLM attorneys are co-lead counsel in nationwide antitrust price fixing action which is currently pending as a consolidated arbitration.

In re Urethane Chemicals Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1616 (D. Kan.)
FKLM attorneys are co-lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing action. The case has thus far resulted in a settlement of $18 million for the class.

In re Cotton Yarn Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1622 (M.D.N.C.)
FKLM attorneys are co-lead lead counsel in this antitrust price-fixing action. A partial settlement of $7.75 million has been obtained for the class.

In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antirust Litigation, MDL 1682 (E.D. Pa.)
FKLM attorneys are Co-Lead Counsel in this nationwide antitrust price-fixing action against hydrogen peroxide producers.

In re Intel Corp. Microprocessor Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1717 (D. Del.)
FKLM attorneys are serving as co-chairs of discovery in this pending nationwide antitrust action.

In re Methyl Methacrylate Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1768 (E.D. Pa.)
FKLM attorneys have been appointed interim Co-Lead Counsel in this nationwide antitrust price-fixing action against producers of methyl methacrylate and polymethyl methacrylate.

In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1775 (E.D.N.Y.)
FKLM attorneys are serving as co-chairs of discovery in this pending antitrust price fixing action.

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Other large antitrust cases in which FKLM attorneys had been involved in a leadership position include In re Folding Cartons Antitrust Litigation, In re Plywood Antitrust Litigation, Standard Screws Antitrust Litigation, Glass Containers Antitrust Litigation, Aluminum Siding Antitrust Litigation, Rusty Jones Warranty Litigation, NPA Securities Litigation, Chlor-alkali and Caustic Soda Antitrust Litigation, Carbon Dioxide Antitrust Litigation, and Potash Antitrust Litigation.