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Steven F Benz

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Who's Who Legal Competition: Plaintiffs

Steven Benz is a partner at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC in Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on prosecuting and defending leading-edge cases involving the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolisation, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law. He has over 20 years of litigation experience and has served as counsel of record in over 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals.

Mr Benz currently represents Veeva Systems Inc in antitrust claims against Quintiles IMS Incorporated in Quintiles IMS Inc v Veeva Systems Inc (No. 2:17-cv-00177) (DNJ). Veeva is alleging that IMS has abused monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to exclude Veeva’s lines of business from their respective markets.

Mr Benz is co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in The Dial Corporation, et al v News Corporation, et al, Civ. Action No. 13-CV-06802 (WHP) (SDNY) (Judge Pauley), a Sherman Act monopolisation case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, he secured a settlement of US$250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 consumer product goods companies.

In Conwood Co v United States Tobacco Co, 290 F3d 768 (6th Cir. 2002), he and his co-counsel won the largest Section 2 trial damages award in history for their corporate client. A jury awarded a judgment (after trebling) of US$1.05 billion. The Sixth Circuit affirmed.

He received his JD from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and his BA from Johns Hopkins University.

WWL says: Seasoned litigator Steven Benz is a well-known name in US competition circles, acting for clients in both state and federal courts.

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