July 26, 2022
Is antitrust becoming HR’s biggest headache? The antitrust enforcement agencies and plaintiffs’ attorneys alike continue to prioritize competition enforcement in labor markets. The antitrust agencies have been keenly focused on a variety of labor issues, including wage collusion, non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements, worker classification, earnings claims, franchising arrangements, and merger deals that impact labor, just to name a few. And class actions continue to be filed pressing these issues. How will this trend play out? This panel provides insights from the trenches with a particular focus on pitfalls to avoid.
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Rachel S. Brass is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and co-chair of the Firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department where her practice focuses on investigations and litigation in the antitrust, labor, and employment areas. Ms. Brass also has extensive experience representing international and domestic clients in highstakes appellate litigation in the Supreme Court. She has special expertise in international matters and teaches an upper-level course in International Antitrust Law at Berkeley Law School.
Svetlana S. Gans is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she helps clients navigate complex consumer protection, privacy, and competition related regulatory proceedings before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, State Attorneys General and other enforcement bodies. Ms. Gans also assists on litigation matters and provides strategic counseling and advice related to public policy issues.
Michael Holecek is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, class actions, labor and employment law, and data privacy—both in the trial court and on appeal. Mr. Holecek has first-chair trial experience and has successfully tried to verdict both jury and bench trials, he has served as lead arbitration counsel, and he has presented oral argument in numerous appeals. Mr. Holecek has also authored articles on appellate procedure, civil discovery, corporate appraisal actions, data privacy, and bad-faith insurance litigation.
Julian W. Kleinbrodt is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where his practice focuses on antitrust and other complex civil litigation. Mr. Kleinbrodt has successfully represented clients across several industries through trial and appeal. He has represented clients in federal and state government investigations concerning employment, antitrust, and other competition issues. Mr. Kleinbrodt also regularly counsels companies in these areas.
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