Alyse F. Stach

Counsel

Philadelphia
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Overview

Through her litigation practice, Alyse Stach handles a wide range of antitrust and competition matters, as well as complex commercial litigations. She frequently represents clients in the sports, technology, hospitality, media and financial services industries, applying her broad complex commercial litigation skills to their particular cases. Notably, Alyse has significant experience handling matters before federal and state courts, government agencies and alternative dispute resolution tribunals.

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  • Representing Equity Residential, a coast-to-coast real estate lessor, in defending against dozens of nationwide and local class actions in federal court alleging a Sherman Act Section 1 conspiracy in the purported multifamily residential real estate market. The complaints allege that Equity Residential and more than 30 other property developers conspired to use RealPage, Inc.’s pricing analytic software to fix residential lease prices.
  • Successfully defended downstream energy company Alon USA Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Delek US, against allegations of price-fixing in the California gasoline market. The federal court in the Southern District of California in a precedent-setting 103-page opinion granted Alon’s motion for summary judgment and also the summary judgment and expert preclusion motions of its co-defendants. The cases were brought against multiple major oil refiners by putative classes of direct and indirect gasoline purchasers under the Sherman Antitrust Act and California’s antitrust statute, the Cartwright Act. The plaintiffs alleged that California consumers were overcharged at the pump between 2012 and 2022 due to the defendants’ allegedly coordinated refinery shutdowns, exchange agreements, wash trades, and imports and exports to restrict the supply of gasoline and create the appearance of gasoline shortages. Plaintiffs had sought $15 billion in damages before trebling. Persian Gulf Consolidated Antitrust Litigation (S.D.Cal.).
  • Key member of the team representing a private equity sponsor in a high-profile Chapter 11 restructuring in connection with fraud and other allegations against the sponsor alleged to be in excess of $1 billion. Following extensive discovery efforts and one week of trial, the matter settled on favorable terms.
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Experience

  • Representing Equity Residential, a coast-to-coast real estate lessor, in defending against dozens of nationwide and local class actions in federal court alleging a Sherman Act Section 1 conspiracy in the purported multifamily residential real estate market. The complaints allege that Equity Residential and more than 30 other property developers conspired to use RealPage, Inc.’s pricing analytic software to fix residential lease prices.
  • Successfully defended downstream energy company Alon USA Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Delek US, against allegations of price-fixing in the California gasoline market. The federal court in the Southern District of California in a precedent-setting 103-page opinion granted Alon’s motion for summary judgment and also the summary judgment and expert preclusion motions of its co-defendants. The cases were brought against multiple major oil refiners by putative classes of direct and indirect gasoline purchasers under the Sherman Antitrust Act and California’s antitrust statute, the Cartwright Act. The plaintiffs alleged that California consumers were overcharged at the pump between 2012 and 2022 due to the defendants’ allegedly coordinated refinery shutdowns, exchange agreements, wash trades, and imports and exports to restrict the supply of gasoline and create the appearance of gasoline shortages. Plaintiffs had sought $15 billion in damages before trebling. Persian Gulf Consolidated Antitrust Litigation (S.D.Cal.).
  • Key member of the team representing a private equity sponsor in a high-profile Chapter 11 restructuring in connection with fraud and other allegations against the sponsor alleged to be in excess of $1 billion. Following extensive discovery efforts and one week of trial, the matter settled on favorable terms.
  • Represented third-party acquirer in a protracted FTC investigation relating to the merger of two of the top three competitors in the technology industry.
  • As lead counsel, obtained dismissal of AAA arbitration demand on behalf of sports league client relating to its online auction platform.
  • Represented team members of a major sports league in a high-profile insurance coverage litigation between the league and its insurers.
  • As second-chair trial attorney representing hotel manager, obtained relief sought in AAA arbitration including approval for the renovation of the hotel under the contract standards.
  • As key team member in international arbitration representing a hospitality client, received a favorable decision following a five-day arbitration concerning the termination of a hotel management agreement.
  • Represented financial services client in New York State Court through several motions concluding with the dismissal of the third amended complaint alleging fraud and various business torts in connection with a CFTC action.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2021 to 2023)
    • “Ones to Watch” Pennsylvania: Commercial Litigation

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • National Basketball Association: Intellectual Property Counsel
  • New York City Law Department, Appeals Division: Assistant Corporate Counsel
  • The Honorable Richard Klein, Pennsylvania Superior Court: Appellate Court Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2010; Journal of International Law, Alumni and Public Relations Editor
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007, magna cum laude; Dean's List

Blog

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Antitrust Advocate
PGA Tour Wins First Round in Antitrust Legal Fight with Players
By Alyse F. Stach
August 10, 2022
On August 9, 2022, a federal judge hearing the antitrust lawsuit filed by 11 professional golf players against the PGA Tour ruled against three of the players who had sought a temporary restraining order. The order, if granted, would have...
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Antitrust Advocate
Is antitrust liability in the future for the PGA Tour, and beyond?
By Alyse F. Stach
August 4, 2022
On August 3, 2022, 11 professional golfers, led by Phil Mickelson, filed an antitrust complaint in the Northern District of California against the PGA Tour for the actions it took against the golfers – including suspension from PGA Tour...
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