Lex Machina is proud to release its 2024 Antitrust Litigation Report, which provides insights into antitrust litigation trends in federal district court and appellate court over the three-year period from 2021 to 2023. This report surveys emerging trends in case filings (including federal appellate cases), most active venues, judges, law firms, attorneys, parties, timing metrics, case resolutions, findings, and damages. The report often focuses on different sets of data, e.g., filtering cases in order to provide analytics on general antitrust cases, DOJ/FTC enforcement contested cases, MDL Master cases, antitrust class action cases, and federal appellate cases.

Key Trends and Highlights from the report include:

  • In 2023, 534 antitrust cases were filed in federal district courts.
  • In the three-year period from 2021 to 2023, the highest number of antitrust cases was filed in the Northern District of California, while Judge Tunheim from the District of Minnesota was the most active judge for antitrust cases.
  • A large bulk of the most active plaintiffs were state entities and purveyors of food and pharmaceuticals, while agriculture and agrichem companies dominated the most active defendants.
  • In the three-year period from 2021 to 2023, when MDL Associated Cases were excluded, the California Department of Justice was the most active law firm representing plaintiffs in antitrust cases, while Latham & Watkins represented defendants in the highest number of antitrust cases.
  • For antitrust cases that were appealed to a federal appellate court and terminated from 2021 to 2023 with a decision on the merits of the appeal, 30% were ultimately reversed.
  • $3.2 billion in total damages were awarded as Approved Class Action Settlements from 2021 to 2023.

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Legal Analytics is used for planning, budgeting, and litigation strategy. The metrics in this report can help readers decide who to pursue as clients, whether to file a particular motion, or when to settle (and for how much). This research supplements traditional legal research and anecdotal data in order to gain a competitive edge in litigation.

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