Joshua Stokes is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group in the Los Angeles office where he focuses on antitrust litigation and counseling and complex commercial litigation. Joshua has substantial experience representing clients in large, complex commercial litigation, including private antitrust actions under federal law and the Cartwright Act, class actions, Section 17200 cases, and general business litigation. Joshua has also represented clients in connection with civil and criminal investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the California Attorney General. Joshua has represented clients in a number of industries including technology companies, health care service companies, health insurers, energy companies, hotel and gaming companies, and entertainment companies. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Joshua was an associate at another international law firm.
- Representing multiple corporate clients as plaintiffs in one of the largest multi-district litigation antitrust actions in the country alleging that a cartel of major international manufacturers fixed the prices of LCD displays used in computer monitors, laptops, cell phones, and other products.
- Won dismissal on the pleadings of a putative class action against one of the largest health care services companies in the U.S. in which the plaintiff alleged that the defendants conspired to limit the territorial distribution rights of certain pharmaceuticals, and that the client utilized exclusive dealing contracts to foreclose competition in the market.
- Represented a large insurance company in an arbitration with providers over compensation for certain medical procedures.
- Member of the defense trial team in an antitrust class action lawsuit against California's largest utility and affiliated companies in which the plaintiffs sought over $20 billion in damages. Also represented the company in a contemporaneous investigation by the California Attorney General.
- Represented a large ticketing services company in a private antitrust action by a competitor alleging monopolization and attempted monopolization through the use of exclusive dealing contracts. The case was dismissed on a successful summary judgment motion.
- Represented a company that hosts televised poker tournaments in an antitrust action brought by seven professional poker players alleging tying, group boycott, conspiracy to monopolize, and unreasonable restraint of trade.
- Represented a client accused of trade secret misappropriation in connection with online software technology.
- Represented a company in a criminal antitrust and obstruction of justice investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and a second civil investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Joshua received his A.B. in politics from Princeton University in 1994. He received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law in 2000, where he served as articles editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law and co-chair of the Moot Court Board. Joshua clerked for the Honorable Jon P. McCalla in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Joshua also serves on the Board of Bienvenidos, a family services agency in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services. He was named a "Rising Star" in Southern California from 2008 to 2012 by Super Lawyers.
Admitted to practice: California, Texas
"4 Antitrust Tips For Bidding On Land For O&G Production," Law360
(December 12, 2014).
Co-Authors: Joshua Stokes, Mary Anne Mason, and Beatrice B. Nguyen.
"So You're Thinking of Opting Out...Considerations for Corporate Plaintiffs in Price-fixing Cases," The Antitrust Counselor, Vol. 8.4
Co-Authors: Jerome A. Murphy, Joshua Stokes, and Matthew J. McBurney.
"A Primer on National Tax Reform Proposals," Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 54, No. 8, Page 22
Co-Authors: Joshua Stokes and Timothy D. Evans.
"Attacking Class Certification Motions," Los Angeles Daily Journal
(December 15, 2009).
Co-Authors: Michael L. Cypers and Joshua Stokes.
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Crowell & Moring's California Antitrust Group is noted as "highly recommended" in the state, in a special feature published in Global Competition Review that explores the law firms doing the best antitrust work in California. The article notes that Crowell & Moring's California antitrust practice is "one of the most remarkable in the state… [that] has found its niche splitting its time between defense and plaintiffs matters, leading for major opt-out clients in some of the top antitrust litigation matters in the country."
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