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Lindquist & Vennum represents businesses across the nation in conflicts involving charges of unfair business practices brought by competitors, consumers or governmental agencies. Our antitrust attorneys also integrate antitrust compliance and counseling with individuals clients’ transaction planning, litigation and industry needs. Lindquist's Antitrust practice was recognized with a band 1 ranking in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Antitrust – Minnesota.


Business activities sometimes raise antitrust and trade regulation issues that must be resolved by litigation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms. Lindquist helps clients respond to competitors’, suppliers’ and purchasers’ anticompetitive practices and unfair business activities. We also defend clients against antitrust charges and related claims made by competitors, suppliers, purchasers, consumers, and governmental agencies.

M&A Counseling 

Mergers and acquisitions frequently involve significant antitrust issues. Lindquist attorneys have directed dozens of successful Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings in support of such transactions. We also assist clients with issues arising from agency review of HSR filings, such as handling requests for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission and spinning off portions of businesses.

Government Investigations

Government investigations can arise unexpectedly and create significant costs and risks. Lindquist helps businesses and associations respond to demands for documents and information, limit the impact on clients, negotiate solutions with government enforcers to avoid contested litigation if possible, and litigate when necessary. When competitors engage in anticompetitive behavior, we work with government enforcers to initiate investigations.

  • Representing one of the world’s largest paint manufacturers that opted out of a class action titanium dioxide price fixing lawsuit.
  • Guiding one of the nation’s largest liquor retailers in their Midwest expansion while responding to competitors’ antitrust claims.
  • Assisting the National Football League Players Association in a series of successful antitrust lawsuits against the NFL over the last three decades, including representing a class of NFL players in a successful trial challenging the league’s system to restrict player movement among teams.
  • Representing more than 200 agribusinesses in litigation involving price fixing in the raw vitamin industry.
  • Defending one of the largest U.S. credit-reporting bureaus against claims of monopolization, antitrust conspiracy, false advertising, and trademark infringement in connection with a joint venture with competitors.
  • Representing companies that opted out of the class in a class action price fixing lawsuit involving dynamic random-access memory (DRAM).
  • Guiding a large Midwestern healthcare provider organization and its affiliates and board members through an extended investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and negotiating a resolution.
  • Resolving Federal Trade Commission concerns about a client’s acquisition of a large competitive business by negotiating and obtaining FTC approval for divestiture of a portion of the business acquired.
  • Representing insurance industry entities in governmental investigations into alleged bid rigging and fraudulent commission practices.
  • Serving as lead counsel for a trade association defendant in an antitrust conspiracy class action lawsuit in a South Dakota federal court, obtaining summary judgment in favor of all defendants and preserving that judgment on appeal.
  • Defending a retailer in a nationwide class action alleging deceptive marketing.
  • Serving as lead counsel in the representation of a consumer class in litigation arising from the merger of two major U.S. airlines.
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