Steven Benz represents corporations as plaintiffs in antitrust, unfair competition, class action, and complex commercial cases in federal and state courts in the United States and in matters relating to the abuse of dominance and cartels in the European Union.
He has more than twenty-five years of litigation experience and has served as counsel of record in more than 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals.
Mr. Benz is a frequent speaker at conferences on competition law and complex civil litigation topics.
In 2017 he was honored with the “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” award by the American Antitrust Institute.
As a partner at the firm, Mr. Benz has prosecuted leading-edge cases involving in part the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolization, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law; direct and indirect purchaser claims under state antitrust and unfair competition laws; breach of contract, fraudulent transfer and deceptive trade practices litigation.
Mr. Benz represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. (IQVIA) in IQVIA Inc. and IMS Software Services Ltd. v. Veeva Systems Inc., No. 17-cv-00177 (D.N.J.).
Veeva is alleging that IQVIA is abusing its monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to suppress competition and prevent life sciences companies from using Veeva’s competing data and software products.
Mr. Benz is co-lead counsel and represents the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al., Civ. Action No. 13-CV-06802 (WHP) (S.D.N.Y) (Judge Pauley), a Sherman Act monopolization case involving third-party in-store promotions.
In 2016, on the first day of trial, Mr. Benz secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunction relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies.
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