James T. McKeown, a partner in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Milwaukee office, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee as well as a member and the former chair of the firm’s national Antitrust Practice. His focus includes both commercial and antitrust litigation, as well as antitrust counseling.
Jim seeks to understand clients’ business and strategic objectives in order to provide antitrust advice that best addresses each individual organization’s needs. He relies on his 30 years of experience as a litigator and antitrust counselor to provide practical advice to clients.
He counsels clients on a variety of issues, including the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and product distribution. Jim has served as antitrust counsel for clients in the sports, manufacturing, health care, ambulance service, automotive, food and beverage, technology, containerboard, drywall, printing, agriculture, graduate medical education, and insurance industries.
Jim’s list of representations is extensive and includes high-profile sports and antitrust cases, with some cases involving claims in excess of $1 billion in damages. The following are some illustrative examples of his experience.
- Defense of professional sports league against antitrust challenge to the league’s centralized trademark licensing operations
- Defense of clients in a number of purported price fixing class actions
- Defense of credit card issuer bank in antitrust lawsuit brought by American Express against Visa, MasterCard, and various issuer banks
- J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
- M.A., Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
- B.A., Economics, St. John’s University
- Law clerk to the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Representative Matters :
- Represented a Fortune 1000 manufacturer in MDL antitrust litigation with approximately 50 lawsuits consolidated and assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The allegations of price fixing concern products in the automotive industry.
- The matter included a purported direct purchaser class, two purported indirect purchaser classes, a qui tam claim and a claim by the office of a state attorney general.
- Defended a Fortune 500 manufacturer in the defense of a Robinson-Patman action alleging price discrimination. The lawsuit was venued in federal court in the Western District of Michigan.
- Represented Fortune 1000 manufacturing company in connection with acquisition of competitor. The matter involved responding to HSR second request and negotiating terms of consent order with U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division for divestiture sale.
- Defense of a national bank in a high profile antitrust lawsuit brought by American Express against Visa, Mastercard and several Visa/Mastercard member banks.
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