Antitrust

The Mike Cox Law Firm brings the same approach to every antitrust case – thorough preparation, immersion in the industry, skilled advocacy, and trusted relationships – that delivers results for our clients.

Just this year, with the entry of an order of dismissal in a California state court, we buried the last remains of wrongful lawsuit against our client, a Michigan manufacturer, where plaintiffs sought close to $100 million in claimed damages.

The order in the California state court was the last echo of a MDL (multi-district litigation), In Re Sulfuric Acid Litigation, that, after appeals to the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, ended in the federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Plaintiffs alleged our client and co-defendants such as DuPont and Koch Industries conspired to restrict the output and supply of sulfuric acid. After tens of depositions and hundreds of court filings, plaintiffs sought close to $100 million in treble damages from our client. After nine years of protracted litigation, our client, a Michigan manufacturer, retained our firm to act as trial counsel.

We immediately immersed ourselves in the case after being retained. We coordinated trial and procedural strategies with co-counsel and began gearing up for trial. At the same time, in coordination with co-counsel, we successfully moved to dismiss the case just short of trial and spared our client the burden and expense of a trial, and potentially, tens of millions in wrongful trial claims.

"The Mike Cox Law Firm brings its expertise in trial work to bear on issues of monopolization, attempted monopolization, price-fixing, exclusive dealing, and price discrimination"

The Mike Cox Law Firm is also very experienced in defending individuals and companies that are being investigated by regulatory bodies. Last year we assisted two large medical practices that were investigated for violation of the Sherman Act and the Michigan Antitrust Reform Act. We guided our clients through responding to civil investigative demands, crafted strategies to address the demands and explain our clients’ practices and statements to the regulators. After laying the groundwork, our clients were cleared of any wrongdoing.

During this same period we represented an executive who was investigated for antitrust violations including bid rigging. Through immersion into the industry and the industry practices, we were able to explain to the investigators how relevant industry practices undermined the antitrust allegations. Again, our client was
not prosecuted.

The Mike Cox Law Firm brings the same approach to every antitrust case – thorough preparation, immersion in the industry, skilled advocacy, and trusted relationships – that delivers results for our clients.