Antitrust Remedies: Divestiture Actions Pre- and Post-Merger, Implications of Steves & Sons v. JELD-WEN
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will analyze the recent Fourth Circuit Court decision in Steves & Sons Inc. v. JELD-WEN Inc. and its endorsement of divesture as a remedy in private antitrust actions. In addition, the panel will discuss the previous use of divestiture as a remedy in government-initiated actions and how the case expands the remedy to private actions while also extending the timeframe after closing of a merger in which such actions may be pursued.
- Private antitrust actions and the Clayton Act
- Causes of action
- Remedies granted before Steves
- Steves & Sons Inc. v. JELD-WEN Inc.: case facts, basis of the claim
- Discussion of district court and circuit court decisions
- Allowances of divestiture as a remedy
- Denial of laches as a defense
- Implications for future private antitrust actions and M&A transactions generally
The panel will review these and other important issues:
- Why has divestiture historically been granted only in antitrust enforcement actions brought by government agencies?
- What remedies have traditionally been granted to private plaintiffs in antitrust actions?
- Why was divestiture deemed to be the only appropriate remedy in the Steves case?
- After Steves, what are the limitations on how long a private party can wait to bring an action opposing a merger?
Sheila R. Adams
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ms. Adams has represented clients in a variety of civil litigation and government investigations, and her practice... | Read More
Ms. Adams has represented clients in a variety of civil litigation and government investigations, and her practice focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Adams’ clients have included firms in the media and entertainment, financial services, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, as well as individual corporate directors. She is a 2019 recipient of the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award and one of the association’s five individual 40 Under 40 awards for Excellence in Leadership.Close
Austin A.B. Ownbey
Mr. Ownbey focuses his practice on representing and counseling clients on a range of antitrust issues, including the... | Read More
Mr. Ownbey focuses his practice on representing and counseling clients on a range of antitrust issues, including the review of mergers and other enforcement matters before competition agencies in the U.S., EU, and around the world. He regularly represents clients before the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, the FTC, State Attorneys General, and various foreign antitrust enforcement agencies. Mr. Ownbey frequently counsels clients through the Hart-Scott-Rodino merger review process and other merger control filings. He has worked with clients across a broad array of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, cannabis, and energy.Close
E. John Steren
Epstein Becker & Green
Mr. Steren devotes a significant portion of his practice to helping healthcare organizations manage the antitrust risks... | Read More
Mr. Steren devotes a significant portion of his practice to helping healthcare organizations manage the antitrust risks of joint ventures and other business arrangements. He represents healthcare entities and providers in antitrust matters (counseling and litigation), including civil and government investigations and compliance with Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification requirements. He also focuses his practice on other complex commercial and civil litigation matters.Close