Latham team recognized as appellate court affirms previous decisions against the US Department of Justice's challenge to U.S. Sugar's purchase of Imperial Sugar.
Chris Yates, former Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice, litigates precedent-setting cases across the US, with particular focus on monopolization and sports antitrust litigation.
Leveraging more than two decades experience at the forefront of antitrust law, Mr. Yates guides household brands and world-leading sports and entertainment properties through nuanced and novel competition issues, including:
- Defending challenges to sports governing bodies
- Claims at the intersection of IP and antitrust
- Protecting distribution, pricing policies, and go-to-market strategies
- Industry group’s ability to set standards
- Allegations of aftermarket monopolization
- Successfully mitigating class actions
He has a track record of success in federal trial courts across the country, including in California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and Delaware, and has won appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and other courts of appeal.
A recognized thought leader, Mr. Yates regularly speaks on current antitrust litigation issues and is an active member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section.
Mr. Yates maintains an active pro bono practice, including work on behalf of seniors — for which he and his team received the Justice Walker Pro Bono Award — as well as for veterans and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization that focuses on unaccompanied and separated children’s rights in the US.
Mr. Yates currently serves on the firm’s Associates Committee.