Antitrust, Competition & Distribution
Antitrust & Your Business Needs
Antitrust and competition laws regulate every aspect of business. High stakes and high risk are regular components of competition matters, which can present unique and especially difficult business and legal problems, procedural complexity and exposure. Understanding and dealing with antitrust often is critical to helping businesses operate and succeed.
Our Antitrust, Competition & Distribution practice appreciates how competition laws impact businesses and their executives, with a deep focus on helping our clients manage their antitrust related issues effectively and in a cost-efficient manner. Our practice covers a diverse range of antitrust, competition and consumer protection laws and regulations. For clients around the world, we provide strategic counseling, litigation representation, support in mergers and acquisitions and representation when dealing with state and federal enforcers, especially in the growing and dangerous area of criminal cartel investigations and enforcement.
Thompson Hine’s Antitrust, Competition & Distribution practice consists of lawyers who are dedicated to antitrust law and practice. We do not dabble in antitrust issues. Our lawyers are active in antitrust bar activities and have served or currently serve as members of the Council of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and as chairs of committees in the Section as well as state bars. Our lawyers have written extensively on antitrust, distribution and unfair competition issues. We are recognized as leaders in our fields by publications such as Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal: Competition. More importantly, we are recognized by our clients as committed to high-value client service — intellectually rigorous, frank, timely, efficient and cost-sensitive.
Why Thompson Hine?
At Thompson Hine, we deliver. We combine deep antitrust experience and legal knowledge with a committed focus on our clients’ needs. We are client-centric. We have gained the trust of prominent businesses in a range of industries in the United States and throughout the world by guiding them through merger reviews, investigations, litigation and upheavals in their business practices and industries. We are committed to understanding our clients’ business and commercial goals in any contract, transaction or dispute and creatively working to help achieve those goals.
Our work has spanned many industries, and we strive to learn our clients’ businesses and competitive practices. We represent a diverse set of manufacturers, service providers and other business entities on antitrust, competition and distribution matters in a wide range of commerce, including advertising, accounting services, automotive aftermarket supplies, biotech, chemicals and coatings, coffee, computer equipment and software, construction supplies and equipment, consumer products, energy and energy distribution, financial services, health care services, information technology services, e-commerce, insurance, material handling equipment, medical equipment, oil field services, outdoor power equipment, pharmaceuticals, publishing, retailing, soft drinks, technology (including semiconductors, online sales and payments), transportation and shipping (all modalities), sports and entertainment services, and telecommunication. Our practitioners have been recognized in particular for their manufacturing and distribution knowledge and experience, and representation of financial services firms and retailing.
Members of our group have demonstrated leadership in their fields. Several partners are or have been on the board of governors of the antitrust section of their state bar association, including one who has served as chair of the board of governors. Additionally, partners from our group have served as committee chairs within the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and one has been an officer of the section. Members of our group speak at or participate regularly in programs on antitrust issues before the American Bar Association, their state bar association and other organizations. Partners from our group have also served as federal and state prosecutors. One partner is listed in An International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and in the Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers. Group members have addressed The Conference Board's Council of Chief Legal Officers on trade secret, unfair competition and other issues and The Conference Board on antitrust issues.
Our lawyers have written extensively on antitrust, distribution and unfair competition issues, contributing to both books and journals. Recent publications written or edited by our members include the following:
- Doing Business In and With the United States (2d ed. 2000)
- "State Franchise Laws and The Small Business Franchise Act of 1999: Barriers to Efficient Distribution," 55 Business Lawyer 1699 (2000)
- "Antitrust and the Duty to License Intellectual Property — Can Manufacturers be Compelled to Deal with ISOs?" 14 Antitrust 33 (1999)
- "Lessons from United States v. True: Effective Use of Expert Testimony in Defending Criminal Antitrust Cases"; 13 Antitrust 48 (1999)
- Alabama, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio chapters in State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (ABA 2d ed. 1999)
- "Thoughts on Distortions in the Criminal Antitrust Process," 29 Criminal Practice 6 (1999)
- Punitive Damages and Business Torts: A Practitioner's Handbook (ABA 1998)
- "International Distribution and Franchising," Corporate Counsel's Guide to Laws of International Trade (1997)
- Ohio Business Competition Law (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing 1994)
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March 07, 2022
FTC Announces Increases to HSR Filing Thresholds for 2022 - Antitrust Law Update
January 24, 2022
Sixth Circuit Decision Muddies the Waters on Constitutionality of TCPA’s Government-Debt Exception - Business Litigation Update
September 15, 2021
FTC Adjusts Merger Review Due to “Tidal Wave” in Merger Filings - Antitrust Update
August 04, 2021
No-Poach Provision Found Unenforceable by Pennsylvania Supreme Court - Antitrust Law Update
May 03, 2021
Selling Through Dealers – Antitrust Guidelines for Manufacturers - Antitrust Law Guidelines
April 30, 2021
Supreme Court Rules FTC Cannot Obtain Equitable Monetary Relief Directly in Court - Antitrust Law Update
April 23, 2021
Antitrust Agencies Suspend Early Termination - Temporary or Indefinite? - Antitrust, Competition & Distribution Update
February 09, 2021
HSR Filing Thresholds Decrease in 2021 - Antitrust, Competition & Distribution Update
February 02, 2021
Business Law Update - Winter 2021 - Thompson Hine Newsletter
January 14, 2021
Justice Department Issues First Update to Antitrust Merger Remedies Guidance in a Decade - Antitrust, Competition & Distribution Update
September 09, 2020
Business Law Update - Spring 2020 - Thompson Hine Newsletter
May 05, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program: Borrowers Must Plan Now to Maximize Loan Forgiveness - Business Litigation Update
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April 01, 2020
Novel COVID-19 Virus, Commercial Contracts and Force Majeure - Business Litigation Update
March 05, 2020
Business Law Update - Winter 2020 - Thompson Hine Newsletter
January 27, 2020
Antitrust Agencies Release New Vertical Merger Guidelines - Antitrust Law Update
January 16, 2020
Business Law Update - Fall 2019 - Thompson Hine Newsletter
November 18, 2019
Justice Department Emphasizes Antitrust Enforcement Through Creation of Multi-Agency Antitrust and Bid-Rigging Strike Force - Antitrust & Government Contracts Update
November 12, 2019
Appeals Court Affirms Denial of Fuel Surcharge Class Certification - Transportation Update
August 16, 2019
Welcome to our very first edition of Competition Café, a podcast focused on hot topics in antitrust! This podcast is designed to bring you short discussions of less than 15 minutes with antitrust practitioners on developing trends in antitrust enforcement and litigation to keep you informed. The topic of this podcast is the changing position of the agencies on merger review.
We invite you to listen to our most recent edition of Competition Café, which explores developing trends in antitrust enforcement and litigation. Our special guest Tom Zych, Chair Elect of the ABA’s Antitrust Section, gives our listeners an overview of the main points of discussion at the ABA’s annual spring meeting, which was recently held in Washington, D.C.