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Dickinson Wright’s cross-disciplinary team has decades of experience representing national and international clients in antitrust, franchise, dealer/distribution, and “white-collar” criminal matters. Our team of seasoned trial attorneys, litigators, and counselors has successfully represented clients in both federal and state courts and in international arbitrations. We excel in providing cost-effective, practical, and superior legal advice, and we take pride in vigilantly protecting our clients’ interests in an ever-evolving regulatory environment.
Successful Litigation of Civil and Criminal Antitrust Matters
Our antitrust lawyers have successfully litigated civil class actions alleging price fixing, monopolization, and predatory pricing. Our robust civil antitrust litigation experience ranges from representing clients in national, multi-district putative class actions to localized lawsuits governed by state antitrust laws. Beyond our civil litigation experience, our team has extensive experience representing clients in connection with grand jury subpoenas and federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the fact that our attorneys have served as Assistant United States Attorneys and include two former Chairs of the State Bar of Michigan’s Antitrust and Franchise Law section.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation Counseling
Clients frequently retain us for regulatory compliance and risk avoidance advice, including guidance on transaction structuring and related business activities. Our antitrust transaction and counseling practice provides advice on domestic and international mergers, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and collaborative activity among competitors. We also offer guidance on competition issues in international trade agreements, as well as advice and review of regional, multi-jurisdictional, national, international, bilateral, and multilateral antitrust cooperation agreements involving production, commercialization, and research and development activities. We counsel clients in a wide range of industries and franchise businesses of all types on all aspects of antitrust and trade regulation, including:
As trade regulation practitioners, we routinely counsel clients on the complex framework of federal and state laws and regulations that govern dealer and distributor relations. If a dispute in this area should escalate to litigation, clients ranging from two of Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers to smaller, privately-held businesses trust us to successfully represent their interests in a variety of disputes, including complex wrongful termination cases, “Dealer Day in Court” actions and state and federal matters concerning unfair and deceptive trade practices. Our team has tried cases in state and federal courts across the country and possesses particular experience in international arbitration forums.
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