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Latham is recognized for its "highly regarded lawyers" that "advise on abuse of dominance or cartel investigations, with experience in standout cases” defending clients in “parallel investigations in multiple jurisdictions.”

Chambers USA 2020

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.

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.

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