On April 20, 2023, Lex Machina hosted a webcast on the recently released Antitrust Litigation Report 2023. The webcast featured Anna Rathbun (Partner at Latham & Watkins) and Ron Porter (Lex Machina’s Legal Data Expert in Antitrust Litigation), hosted by Aria Nejad (Lex Machina’s In-house Counsel).
During the webcast, panelists discussed the latest trends in antitrust litigation over the last five years and offered insights on case filings, most active venues, judges, law firms, parties, timing metrics, case resolutions, findings, damages, and more. The webcast also included a look at case filing trends in connection with DOJ/FTC enforcement contested cases, MDL Master cases, and federal appellate cases.
“[The timing analytics] slide really resonates with me because this has been my experience with a lot of these Antitrust Cases,” observed Anna Rathbun. “. . . Antitrust cases take a lot of time, they’re very discovery heavy. They can be very complex, especially in MDLs with multiple plaintiff groups, multiple defense, defendants, and a lot of different issues. They can span many, many, many years, a decade or more of time depending on the allegations . . . . I think this type of data is extremely useful when you’re talking to clients, whether they’re considering bringing a lawsuit, or if they find themselves on the defense end of a lawsuit, and setting expectations about the time it’s going to take and being realistic about that. That’s one thing that I found that clients are very interested in is, well, how long is this going to be? Being able to have some sort of data about that is extremely useful and helpful when you’re planning the next couple of years after you bring, or defend against, a lawsuit.”