Competition-Related Litigation

Clients confronted with high-stakes, competition-related litigation rely on Latham & Watkins to guide them through every stage of the litigation process.

Why Latham

Latham’s Global Antitrust and Competition Practice has successfully defended corporations, as well as governments, in scores of competition and trade regulation cases throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. These proceedings have included private and public damages litigation, competitor actions, class actions and administrative actions across a full range of issues, including:

  • Abuse of dominant position
  • Boycotts
  • Coordinated conduct
  • Dealer/distribution litigation
  • Merger defense
  • Monopolization
  • Price discrimination
  • Price maintenance
  • Patent settlements and other disputes interfacing with intellectual property law
  • State aid
  • Unfair competition

Many of the practice’s partners are former prosecutors at the US Department of Justice or former clerks (référendaires) to judges of the European Union courts, who offer clients a rare insight into the enforcement priorities of regulators and the decision-making process by the courts.

Latham lawyers frequently succeed in obtaining early dismissal of a case before it proceeds to the expensive and time consuming discovery process. The firm also has a demonstrated track record of disposing of a case at class certification or on a motion for summary judgment, saving clients from the costs and disruption of trial. And where trying the case is the right strategic decision for the client, Latham is one of only a few firms to take cases brought by private plaintiffs or government regulators to trial — and win.

Awards & Rankings

  • Firm Earns Trials “Practice Group of the Year” Award - January 29, 2017
  • Award-Winning Antitrust Practice Honored Among Global Elite for Ninth Consecutive Year - January 09, 2017
  • Firm Places #1 on Financial Times “Top 10 Game Changers of the Past 10 Years” Ranking - October 01, 2015
  • Brussels Competition Practice Named “Outstanding” by Global Competition Review - June 29, 2014
  • Top Tier Antitrust & Competition Practice - June 29, 2014
Latham’s Antitrust Litigation team was ranked #1 in Global Competition Review’s GCR100, with the guide citing the firm as one of the market’s “titans of antitrust law.”  – Global Competition Review GCR100 2016

News

Firm Earns "Trials Practice Group of the Year” AwardFirm Ranks #1 on FT's “Top 10 Game Changers of the Past 10 Years”Latham Successful in Landmark Case Before the European Court of Justice

Thought Leadership

PE Firms Must Evaluate Competition Strategy Ahead of Brexit Contrôle des concentrations: Premier cas d’évocation par le ministreForeign Arbitral Awards: English Court Re-Affirms Pro-Enforcement