William Lavery

Partner

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Washington, D.C.

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  • In re Humira Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.). Counsel for Novartis’ Sandoz division in antitrust case involving Humira, the world’s best-selling drug, where class plaintiffs assert claims involving an alleged reverse-payment settlement agreement between AbbVie and biosimilar manufacturers, and that AbbVie amassed a “patent thicket” of over 100 patents. The district court dismissed the complaint with prejudice.
  • FTC v. McWane, Inc. (F.T.C.). Counsel for McWane, Inc. in a two-month trial against the FTC alleging price fixing and monopolization in the purported market for ductile iron pipe fittings, received dismissal of six of seven counts in a case against McWane and its affiliated divisions in 2015.
  • In the Matter of Benco Dental Supply Co., et al. (F.T.C.). Counsel for Patterson in a 2018 three-month bench trial against the FTC in a case alleging price-fixing and a group boycott, which included cross-examination of roughly 65 live fact and expert witnesses; ultimately settled with no monetary penalty or independent monitor.
  • Takeda Pharma USA, Inc. v. Zydus, Pharmaceuticals (USA), Inc.(D.N.J.). Lead trial counsel for generic manufacturer Zydus in antitrust case brought in 2018 involving alleged sham litigation and misuse of Hatch-Waxman regulatory scheme. Case slated for trial in 2021.
  • In re Caustic Soda Antitrust Litigation (W.D.N.Y.). Counsel for Olin Corporation in several antitrust class action lawsuits filed in 2015 on behalf of purported direct and indirect purchasers of caustic soda, alleging that defendants (which include nearly all producers of caustic soda in the U.S.) conspired to restrict domestic supply and "fix, raise, maintain and stabilize" caustic soda prices.
  • FTC v. Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal, Inc. (E.D. Mo.). Trial counsel representing Arch Coal in federal court in St. Louis against the FTC’s attempt to block Arch’s joint venture with Peabody Energy.
  • Hatchett v. Henry Schein, Inc. et al. (S.D. Ill.). Counsel for Patterson in a proposed class action alleging a price-fixing scheme in violation of the Illinois Antitrust Act; motion to dismiss granted in February 2020.
  • U.S. v. Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. (D. Del).Represented Halliburton Co. in DOJ’s lawsuit to block proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes, Inc.
  • SourceOne Dental, Inc. v. Patterson Companies, Inc. et al (E.D.N.Y.). Counsel for Patterson Companies, Inc. in a group boycott conspiracy case; following mediation and aggressive pre-trial preparations, in 2018 SourceOne settled its claims on the eve of trial for a fraction of claimed damages and attorneys’ fees (confidential amount).
  • IQ Dental Supply, Inc. v. Henry Schein, Inc. et al. (E.D.N.Y.). Defended Patterson in litigation brought by a rival distributor alleging the same conspiracy as SourceOne Dental; again, in 2019, an aggressive defense resulted in parties settling for a de minimis amount.
  • In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (Direct and Indirect) Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J.). Counsel for McWane, Inc. in one of four follow-on “copycat” private class actions purporting to represent direct and indirect purchasers of ductile iron pipe fittings, alleging price fixing and monopolization; received favorable nuisance value settlement in 2013 after aggressive merits and class defense.
  • In re: Optical Disk Drive (ODD) Products Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Counsel for Lite-On, PLDS and Philips in large multidistrict antitrust class action cases brought by direct and indirect purchasers, AGs and opt-outs alleging that defendants conspired to fix optical disk drive prices. Defeated class certification of both direct and indirect purchasers and then, after the court certified a modified class, in 2013 led the successful arguments on summary judgment.
  • Century Aluminum of South Carolina Inc. v. South Carolina Public Service Authority (D.S.C.). Lead counsel for Century Aluminum in action brought in South Carolina federal court alleging Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 violations.
  • Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority v. Oltrin Solutions LLC (D.S.C.). Obtained dismissal of defendant Olin Corporation from class action alleging violations of Sherman Act Section 1 case.
  • City of Moundridge, KS v. Exxon Mobil Corporation (D.D.C.). As counsel for ExxonMobil, received a favorable summary judgment in a case charging the company and several competitors with conspiring to fix the price of natural gas. The district court found the testimony of plaintiffs' expert to be entitled to “no weight” because it was “wholly unsupported and speculative” and the D.C. Circuit affirmed.
  • ZF Meritor LLC and Meritor Transmission v. Eaton Corporation (D. Del.). Represented Eaton Corporation at trial and received a final judgment of zero-dollar damages and an order excluding the opposing damages expert as “insufficient and unreliable” in a Sherman Act Section 2 case.
  • In re Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Tenn.). Represented McWane, Inc. in direct and indirect purchaser price fixing class actions.
  • Satnam Distributors, Inc. v. Commonwealth-Altadis et al. (E.D. Pa.) . Represented HLA in antitrust action brought by Satnam Distributors. Received dismissal of Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 claims.
  • Waste Control Specialists LLC v. EnergySolutions LLC (W.D. Tex.). Represented Waste Control Specialists in antitrust case brought by a competitor in federal court in Texas alleging violations of Sherman Act Section 2.
  • Wallach v. Eaton, et al and In re Class 8 Truck Transmission Indirect Purchaser Litigation (D. Del.). Represented Eaton in antitrust class actions brought in federal court in Delaware alleging price fixing. Obtained denial of class certification in indirect purchaser class action, affirmed by the Third Circuit.
  • American Seed Co., et al. v. Monsanto Company (D. Del.). Represented Monsanto and defeated plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in a class action alleging violations of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Denial of class certification affirmed by Third Circuit.
  • Monsanto Company v. Syngenta (D. Del.). Represented Monsanto against a Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by competitor alleging monopolization.
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation. Provided counseling to MeadWestvaco regarding clearance for its $16 billion merger with RockTenn Corporation.
  • Inco Limited. Received DOJ approval for acquisition of Falconbridge Ltd. (nickel and cobalt mining and refining).
  • Linde AG. Represented Linde in the divestiture of its industrial gas retailing and distribution business to Airgas, Inc.
  • Industrial Manufacturer. Represented large industrial manufacturer and its employees before the DOJ in global investigation resulting in multiple leniency applications.
  • High-Tech Manufacturer. Conducted internal investigation of high-tech company, leading to leniency applications to the DOJ and several foreign antitrust authorities.