Antitrust Class Action Defense


"[E]ncompasses the full spectrum of antitrust litigation on both sides of the aisle before federal, state and appellate courts"

The Legal 500 U.S. 2022

Baker Botts’ antitrust lawyers have unparalleled experience in high-stakes, complex class action litigation. We have collectively handled numerous federal and state court class action clusters involving hundreds of individual class cases consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Our lawyers have litigated a number of high-profile antitrust class actions in recent years, in federal district and appellate courts.

Antitrust class actions are often triggered by government antitrust enforcement actions. Our team’s experience with regulatory agencies gives us insight into formulating class action strategies that are right for getting the results our clients want. Our lawyers closely track, and are often at the forefront of, developments in antitrust law to ensure that from the beginning of every case our defense strategy is based on the most efficient and thorough analysis possible.

Antitrust class action strategy involves determining how to best handle overlapping lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions, and our team has extensive experience. We have appeared frequently before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and have obtained consolidation in the court of the client’s choice on a number of occasions.

Our antitrust lawyers have developed methodical strategies for attacking complex antitrust class claims from the outset, on a number of occasions at the motion to dismiss and summary judgment stage. Our antitrust lawyers also focus from the very beginning of the case on the class-certification battle, and have defeated class certification for clients on numerous occasions.

When our clients’ interests are best served by resolution short of the courthouse, we have also negotiated favorable settlements for companies, obtaining court approval and bringing the case to an end at an early stage. We always take our clients’ legal, financial and business objectives into account at the outset of every case.