Whether pursued on an individual basis or in the class setting, private antitrust litigation has played, and continues to play, an important role in the development of modern antitrust jurisprudence. And with notable Supreme Court cases like Twombly, Comcast, and Matsushita, private antitrust litigation has had an outsized influence on federal litigation more generally.
The Class Action and Private Litigation Committee monitors and provides a forum to discuss class action and private litigation antitrust law and policy. The Committee focuses on a wide range of issues relating to antitrust class action litigation, including class certification, procedural issues, substantive claims, and damages issues. The committee hosts several panel discussions each year that offer its members the opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and hot topics in the field while earning CLE credit. In recent years, the committee has hosted panels concerning private litigations against digital platforms, the rising use of litigation finance, and developments in class action jurisprudence.
The Committee also affords its members the opportunity to participate in other activities: members are encouraged to network at our events, present on topics and cases of recent interest at Committee meetings, plan and/or participate in Committee programming, and contribute written submissions on class action-related issues for the Section’s newsletter, Competition Chronicles.
Arnold & Porter LLC
Benjamin D. Steinberg
Robins Kaplan LLP
399 Park Avenue, Suite 3600
New York, New York 10022
Ben Steinberg is a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP, where he prosecutes violations of the antitrust, consumer protection, and privacy laws. For years, he has successfully represented consumers and businesses harmed by price fixing, illegal monopolization, and other unlawful practices. Ben has helped lead several groundbreaking lawsuits across the country, where he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. In 2020, the American Antitrust Institute honored Ben for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer.” Ben is an emerging public voice on antitrust issues and is regularly published in the national press.
Labaton Sucharow LLP
New York, NY 10005
Matthew Perez is Of Counsel in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP. Matthew focuses on representing businesses and public pension funds in complex antitrust class actions.
Matthew has been named a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500.
Matthew joined Labaton Sucharow from the New York State Attorney General’s office, where he served as a Volunteer Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Bureau. While there, he received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for his work investigating bid rigging and other illegal conduct in the municipal bond derivatives market, resulting in more than $260 million in restitution to municipalities and nonprofit entities. He also investigated pay-for-delay matters involving multinational pharmaceutical companies. Prior to that, he served as an intern for the Honorable Richard B. Lowe III at the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division.
Matthew earned his Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law School, where he was executive editor of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and received the Jacob Burns Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.