Multi-District Litigation (MDL): Complex Antitrust Class Action Defense
Complex antitrust class action cases are unique in litigation—there are few more specialized niches. What happens is that something—often announcement of an antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice or FTC—will prompt specialized class action plaintiff attorneys to file lawsuits all over the country, often against an entire industry.
Eventually, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will determine whether to transfer the many cases to one federal court for pre-trial procedures—which may last several years. The Court that receives the “MDL case” will then usually hear motions to dismiss, manage discovery, determine class certification, and address motions for summary judgment. If the transferred cases survive all of those stages intact, they will be transferred back to their original jurisdiction for trial. The reality is that the cases are usually dismissed or settled before trial.
Not even a decade ago, a company caught up in the antitrust blizzard had no choice but to hire a large, multinational law firm and spend millions of dollars just to keep up with their discovery obligations in the case—let alone to prevail. Only big law firms had the infrastructure, manpower, and a large supply of talent to handle these gigantic, multi-district cases.
But the times have changed, and the market for legal services is changing with them. Boutique law firms with less overhead, an entrepreneurial spirit, and concentrated talent, can now represent clients in these cases with as much success as the big law firms and at lower price without sacrificing quality of outcome. Bona Law is at the forefront of these exciting changes. Jarod Bona founded Bona Law after spending a dozen years in big law firms because he thought he could do it better. And Bona Law has now demonstrated its capabilities in multiple complex antitrust class action cases. Here’s how we do it differently.A Lean, Mean Team with Unbounded Creativity
Bona Law strives for a level of efficiency that many big law firms simply cannot match. We take actions for our clients because we think they are optimal, not because the action is the way it has always been done. We look for an edge for our clients and can implement actions in our client’s best interests without bureaucracy.
We also believe law has an important psychological element—as the court and opposing counsel are all people—so from the commencement of our involvement we work to start distinguishing our clients in ways that positively affect outcomes later on. We look forward to working with you and believe that you will find Bona Law different and better than most firms.