Ashley Bauer has a wide range of experience in federal and state litigation and private arbitration, including antitrust litigation and cartel investigations, white collar criminal defense, and class action litigation.
Ms. Bauer's antitrust practice includes regulatory investigations and the civil class action cases that typically follow. She has represented companies in cases involving alleged violations of state and federal antitrust laws brought by direct and indirect purchasers, including claims of:
- Market allocation
- Unfair competition
Ms. Bauer also has extensive experience as global coordinating counsel on matters involving price-fixing investigations and private damages actions before regulators and courts in the US, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, and Australia.
Ms. Bauer is the San Francisco Co-Chair of Latham's Women Enriching Business (WEB) program, and has served as a member of the firm's local Training and Career Enhancement and Mentoring Committees.
Ms. Bauer's experience includes representing:
- StarKist Co. in various matters alleging violations of federal and state competition laws, including: three class actions and dozens of direct action claims consolidated in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging price fixing; claims brought by the US DOJ in the Northern District of California; and a lawsuit filed by the State of Washington
- Olam Peanut Shelling Company in a class action filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleging anticompetitive conduct in the runner peanut market
- Kamaya Inc. in class action cases filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging anticompetitive conduct in the linear resistor industry
- Nitsuko Electronics Corporation in class action cases filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging price fixing in the film capacitor industry
- Singapore Airlines in a class action filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging anticompetitive conduct in the passenger air transport industry
- Singapore Airlines Cargo in a class action defense against allegations of anticompetitive conduct in the air cargo industry
- An individual indicted for bid-rigging in the US District Court for the Northern District of California
- Lundbeck Inc. (formerly Ovation Pharmaceuticals), as trial counsel, in Federal Trade Commission v. Ovation Pharmaceuticals, a merger-to-monopoly case in which the government sought divestiture and over US$100 million in disgorgement. After trial, the district court entered judgment for Lundbeck on all claims. Ms. Bauer also represented Lundbeck on appeal. The district court’s decision was affirmed by the 8th Circuit.
- A financial services institution in a market manipulation investigation by the DOJ and CFTC
- Two consumer goods manufacturers in DOJ bid-rigging and price-fixing investigations
- Avery Dennison Corporation in its defense against consumer class action complaints alleging anticompetitive conduct in the labelstock industry
- A mining company as trial counsel in an arbitration resulting from an elemental mercury spill in northern Peru
- An indigent plaintiff as trial counsel in a civil rights action in the Northern District of California