A partner in the litigation department and co-chair of the antitrust practice group, Aidan Synnott focuses on antitrust litigation and compliance, intellectual property litigation and other complex commercial litigation.
He has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums such as the American Arbitration Association. In addition, he frequently represents clients in antitrust investigations by the governmental agencies of the United States and the European Union.
Aidan’s antitrust litigations representations include the Nielsen Company, the leading provider of television ratings in the United States, in winning summary judgment before the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and confirming the victory on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in a monopolisation case brought by Sunbeam Television Corp, the FOX affiliate station in Miami. Sunbeam had claimed that Nielsen’s rollout of a new ratings measurement methodology was a violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. He also successfully defended Dun & Bradstreet, ACNielsen and IMS Inc in a federal antitrust action brought by a large competitor, obtaining dismissal of the case on a pretrial motion. Other clients include in this field include the New York City Transit Authority, Acumen Brands, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Pfizer.
Antitrust merger investigation representations Aidan has led include Time Warner Cable in the ongoing Justice Department Second Request investigation of its proposed $78 billion acquisition by Charter Communications, as well as in the prior abandoned proposal by Comcast Corporation to acquire it for $45 billion. Other clients in this field include Pace, Automatic Data Processing, Hewitt Associates, Westcoast Energy, the Nielsen Company, and Fidelity National Financial.
Aidan’s IP and other non-antitrust litigation representations include a class of music publishers in their litigation against Napster, in which the publishers obtained an injunction against distribution of their musical works by Napster. The injunction was entered by the US District Court for the Northern District of California and affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also acted for the National Music Publishers’ Association, the Songwriters Guild of America and the Nashville Songwriters Association International in a trial in the Library of Congress resulting in the setting of advantageous new rates and terms for the mechanical licence under Section 115 of the Copyright Act. Other clients in this field include Digital Equipment Corporation, Pitney Bowes and the Nielsen Company.
Aidan is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Other roles include associate editor of the Antitrust Law Journal; editorial board member of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments; and co-chair of the antitrust committee, and member of the executive committee, of the New York State Bar Association’s commercial and federal litigation section. He currently serves on the executive committee of the State Bar’s antitrust section. He has been a guest lecturer and speaker at New York University School of Law, The Wharton School and the University of Michigan Law School, and has published extensively in the areas of antitrust and intellectual property law. Aidan is the co-author of the US chapter in the last several editions of The Public Competition Enforcement Review, and served as general editor of the sixth, seventh and (forthcoming) eighth editions.
Aidan is recognised by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal.
WWL says: Aidan Synnott is well known for his extensive trial experience as well as for his "responsive and insightful" counselling in relation to government investigations
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