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Strange & Butler LLP represents corporate defendants in complex, high-stakes, antitrust and competition disputes with extraordinary results:

In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP has represented and continues to represent a range of major corporate merchants, including e-commerce and telecom giants, the largest oil companies, airlines, and other prominent retailers, in connection with non-class recoveries from Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the US payment card industry.  The related class litigation is pending in the Eastern District of New York.

UK and EU Multilateral Interchange Fee Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP represents a range of major international corporate merchants, including most of the largest European and international airlines, as well as several major international hotel chains and e-commerce giants, in actions venued in London against Visa and MasterCard based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the EU payment card industry.

In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP represents a range of major corporate merchants, including e-commerce and telecom giants, the largest oil companies, airlines, and other prominent retailers, in connection with non-class recoveries from American Express based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the payment card industry.  The related class litigation is pending in the Eastern District of New York.

Homebuilders’ Antitrust Action Against Drywall Manufacturers
Strange & Butler LLP has been retained by twelve of the nation’s largest homebuilders – Ashton Woods, Beazer, D.R. Horton, Hovnanian, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes, Pulte Homes, Drees Company, CalAtlantic Group, Toll Brothers, and TRI Pointe Homes – to represent them in a complex antitrust action against eight drywall manufacturers, who collectively control the U.S. market for drywall, based on an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the drywall industry.  The matter is captioned Ashton Woods Holdings, L.L.C. et al. v. USG Corporation et al. and is currently pending before Judge Baylson in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

Virtual-Currency Services Antitrust Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP represents one of the largest virtual-currency service providers, Social Ranger LLC, the successor in interest to Super Rewards, in a complex antitrust action against social-networking giant Facebook, Inc. based on alleged anticompetitive conduct to eliminate competition in the virtual-currency services industry.  The matter is captioned Social Ranger, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. and is currently pending before Judge Stark in Delaware District Court.  

In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in a multidistrict antitrust litigation involving allegations of price fixing in the sale of polyurethane foam.  A certified class of direct purchasers of flexible polyurethane foam products (such as furniture, mattresses, carpet underlay and automobile seats) successfully obtained settlements exceeding $430 million, with the final two settlements for more than $140 million alone being reached on the eve of trial.  The settlements represented a substantial amount of the total overall damages claimed by the class.  The multidistrict litigation was pending in the Northern District of Ohio before Judge Zouhary. 

In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation
Strange & Butler LLP represents a major Tier 1 automotive electronics supplier in connection with claims arising from the auto parts cartels, which resulted in the largest criminal antitrust investigation in U.S. history.  Multidistrict litigation for numerous auto parts is currently pending in the Eastern District of Michigan before Judge Battani, captioned In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation.






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