Competition Issues

The Firm has extensive experience representing corporations, small businesses and individuals in their efforts to resolve complex competition disputes. Past engagements have included such diverse matters as the Visa/MasterMoney antitrust litigation, litigation on behalf of Ford Models Inc. relating to model contracts and defense of Newsday, Inc. in a broad array of business torts.

Representative Cases:

  • Ford Models, Inc. v. Next Management, LLC — The Firm represents a leading model management agency in multiple ongoing litigations and an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association alleging, among other things, that a competitor agency tortiously interfered with Ford’s contracts with its models.
  • Conte v. Newsday—The Firm represents a newspaper publisher in defense of a wide-reaching complaint brought by a purported competitor asserting claims under the RICO statute, the Lanham Act, and the Sherman Act.
  • In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation— The Firm joined as co-counsel in one of the largest and most important antitrust litigations in U.S. history. Plaintiffs consisted of over 5 million U.S. merchants who alleged tying and monopolization claims against Visa and MasterCard. The Firm was retained to prepare the case for trial, playing the role of defense counsel in a one-week mock trial conducted before 40 “jurors” and assisting in witness preparation and jury selection for trial. The case settled on the eve of trial for $3 billion – the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history.
  • Pillsbury Company v. Upper Crust Ltd. – The Firm represented a Canadian manufacturing business in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an unfair competition and product-labeling dispute.