Antitrust & Deceptive Trade

Protecting competition and consumers

RPWB antitrust attorneys have played a prominent role in enforcing federal and state antitrust laws designed to promote competition. And, more importantly, they have helped to prevent companies from actions that could lead to price fixing, monopolies and other anti-competitive practices.

If you believe you have an antitrust issue, there are two things you need to know about your rights:

  • Under federal antitrust laws, claims for damages are generally limited to individuals or companies who purchased goods or services directly from the company or person who violated the antitrust laws.
  • Many states, however, allow consumers and other indirect purchasers to sue for damages resulting from anti-competitive conduct, even though they did not purchase the goods or services directly from the company or person who violated the antitrust laws.

Experienced antitrust representation

RPWB has represented direct and indirect purchasers of goods in numerous markets that have been the subject of price fixing or other violations of antitrust laws. Recent examples of RPWB antitrust representation include:

  • Appointment as co-lead counsel in Delta/AirTran Baggage Fee Antitrust Litigation which alleges that Delta Airlines and AirTran Airways conspired to implement fees charged to passengers for checked bags. These fees have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the air carriers.
  • Counsel in Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, a class-action lawsuit alleging that merchants were required to pay excessive fees to accept Visa and Mastercard due to violations of federal antitrust laws.
  • Appointment as co-lead counsel in the Beach, et al. v. Atlas Van Lines, et al. antitrust litigation which alleged that certain household goods carriers conspired to overcharge customers for fuel surcharges paid on household goods moves.  Following the court’s denial of defendants’ motions for summary judgment and granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgement on several critical issues, the parties negotiated a significant settlement for the plaintiffs.
  • Appointment by the federal district court for the Southern District of New York to serve as co-lead counsel in the In Re: Magnetic Audiotape antitrust litigation, an action in which purchasers of magnetic audiotape alleged tape manufacturers had violated federal antitrust laws. RPWB recovered in excess of $10 million on behalf of the class.
  • Served as class counsel in lawsuits brought by direct and indirect purchasers of magnetic iron oxide, a product used to manufacture audiotape, videotape, and other data storage tape.  The litigation resulted in a favorable settlement for the plaintiff class.