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Crowell & Moring Antitrust Co-Chair Shari Ross Lahlou Named Global Competition Review's 2018 "Litigator of the Year"

Washington – April 11, 2018: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that Shari Ross Lahlou, co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust Group, has been named Global Competition Review’s 2018 “Litigator of the Year” in the publication’s annual GCR Awards. Lahlou was one of eight finalists in the category that recognizes “a competition litigator whose superior technical skill, practical judgment and excellence in serving clients in court in 2017 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.”

GCR recognized Lahlou for her significant victories in 2017, in which she successfully defended on appeal two significant pre-trial wins and defeated class certification in a notable price-fixing multidistrict litigation. Lahlou served as lead counsel for DuPont in a price-fixing case that Valspar brought against DuPont alleging $525 million in damages, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment to DuPont. This precedent-setting case clarified the appropriate standard for assessing evidence at the summary judgment stage in price-fixing cases. Additionally, the Tenth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling for Lahlou’s client Owens & Minor in a suit brought by competitor Suture Express alleging antitrust claims in connection with bundling and seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

Lahlou was also recognized for her representation of CSX Transportation, Inc., in which a federal court denied class certification to shippers in a price-fixing suit brought against the Class I railroads alleging nearly $20 billion in damages. GCR recognized this matter as a finalist in the “Litigation of the year – Cartel defence” category. In addition, Lahlou served as trial counsel for and led the team defending Humana in a case brought by the Department of Justice to enjoin the company’s $39 billion proposed merger with Aetna.

GCR editors selected the finalists in each category, and readers voted on the winners. Lahlou's full profile can be viewed here.

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About Crowell & Moring’s Antitrust Group
Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group is recognized as one of the leading practices in the United States and around the world. Clients engage the firm to help navigate their most complex competition law issues, including: international merger control; private damages actions; cartel investigations and litigation; government investigations; and counseling and compliance. The group’s approximately 80 lawyers routinely represent industry-leading companies in some of the largest and most complex mergers and acquisitions in recent history – including successful DOJ clearance of AT&T’s $67 billion acquisition of DIRECTV, one of the 20 largest transactions of all time – as well as in both affirmative recovery and defense-side antitrust litigation. The firm’s antitrust litigators have achieved major results, including ongoing defense of United Airlines, DuPont, CSX, leading health care distributor Owens & Minor, and Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, as well as the recovery of more than a billion dollars for antitrust clients including General Motors and Motorola.

About Crowell & Moring LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


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