Gregory J. Commins Jr.

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Greg Commins is an established trial lawyer who focuses his practice on matters involving antitrust class action litigation, intellectual property disputes and complex commercial litigation. He has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in multiweek trials and on appeal throughout the country, as well as providing counsel on a variety of complicated commercial issues.

Greg is a contributor to BakerHostetler's Antitrust Advocate blog, providing informative commentary on the latest developments in the antitrust litigation sector. He is also an Accredited Mediator through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Select Experience

  • Representing a diversified media company in a putative antitrust class action related to broadcast TV spot advertising.
  • Key member of a team that litigated liability and damage estimation issues against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on behalf of 75,000 victims of the 2017 and 2018 northern California wildfires in connection with BakerHostetler’s representation of the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in PG&E’s historic Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which resulted in a $13.5 billion settlement on behalf of wildfire victims.
  • Representing a class of dairy farmers in the northeastern United States against defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Northeast.
  • Represented a certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 southeastern states against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast. The litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
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Experience

  • Currently representing a TV broadcaster in an antitrust class action where the plaintiff is alleging conspiracy to unlawfully impact the market in the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Key member of a team that litigated liability and damage estimation issues against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on behalf of 75,000 victims of the 2017 and 2018 northern California wildfires in connection with BakerHostetler’s representation of the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in PG&E’s historic Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which resulted in a $13.5 billion settlement on behalf of wildfire victims.
  • Representing a class of dairy farmers in the northeastern United States against defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Northeast.
  • Represented a certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 southeastern states against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for the marketing, sale and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast. The litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
  • Represented a manufacturing client in two five-week jury trials regarding the prosecution of breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation claims involving the proper ownership and inventorship of fuel injector patents in which the plaintiff's verdicts were rendered. Moved for summary judgment against the defendants' counterclaims for breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation and fraud, which was granted.
  • Represented a manufacturing client in a private antitrust case challenging parts acquisition and distribution practices. The client prevailed on directed verdict motion on the antitrust claims and obtained a jury verdict on the state law claims after presentation of the case to a jury in a five-week trial. 
  • Represented a manufacturing client in nine lawsuits over seven years involving claims of breach of contract, breach of license agreements, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation and fraud in which settlements were obtained. Handled similar matters for the client against the same parties in multiple federal districts (patent infringement cases), Illinois state court (breach of contract claims) and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (separate interference and reexamination proceedings).
  • Represents a manufacturing client in a patent infringement action with a supplier alleging the client's infringement on five patents related to tool production. Countered with a claim that the supplier had infringed on two of the client's patents. The ongoing matter is challenging the business relationship between the client and supplier, adding challenges to the business operations feeding into competing lawsuits.
  • Served as counsel on behalf of steel company plaintiffs alleging unlawful conspiracy to monopolize against various railroads. The matter resulted in a plaintiff's verdict, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Represented a client in a patent infringement lawsuit involving WCDMA and GSM technology in which the stipulation of noninfringement of one patent was reached following the court's Markman ruling; on the second patent, an order was entered precluding the plaintiff's damages expert under Daubert and summary judgment of no-pursuit damages based on the plaintiff's failure to mark under 35 U.S.C. 287(a) was obtained.
  • Representing a manufacturing client in a patent infringement lawsuit involving vehicle tracking technology.
  • Representing a manufacturing client in a patent infringement suit related to vehicle management systems.
  • Representing a manufacturing client in a patent infringement suit related to an internet organizer for accessing geographically and topically based information.
  • Served as counsel in a four-week jury trial involving claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract involving software. Following the trial, the parties settled the case.
  • Acted as counsel in a bench trial. Sought a preliminary injunction against trade secret misappropriation in a case involving the provision of technical support services to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
  • Serving as counsel in a six-week jury trial, defended a client against antitrust, fraud and misrepresentation claims based on a manufacturer's export restrictions that were promulgated in order to support overseas distributors and customers. Obtained judgment as a matter of law on the antitrust claims at the close of all the evidence. The jury returned verdicts in favor of the client on all remaining claims. The judgment was affirmed on appeal.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal 500 United States (2014 to 2019)
    • Recommended in Antitrust - Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2012 to 2021)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator

Memberships

  • Pauline Newman American's Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Worked with the Archdiocesan Legal Network.

Prior Positions

  • Howrey LLP, Commercial Litigation Group: Co-Chair

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1990, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics (1989 to 1990)
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1987

Blog

In The Blogs

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Antitrust Advocate
Federal Trade Commission's Historic Attempt to Drive a Mack Truck Through the Sherman Act
By Jeffry W. Duffy, Tyson Y. Herrold, Carl W. Hittinger, Justin M. Kadoura
November 21, 2022
Key Takeaways The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a historic statement, setting out a new framework for assessing “standalone” claims of “unfair methods of competition” that can be brought by the FTC alone under Section 5 of the FTC...
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Antitrust Advocate
Yer out (for now): MLB dismissed from antitrust lawsuit because of historic antitrust exemption
By Julian D. Perlman
November 8, 2022
In a decision that stunned no one (yet will garner plenty of headlines), a federal district court granted a motion to dismiss filed by Major League Baseball (MLB) on the basis of its storied antitrust immunity. Coming almost on the eve of...
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Antitrust Advocate
DOJ Antitrust Brings First Criminal Monopolization Case in More Than 40 Years
By Lindsey Olson Collins, Carl W. Hittinger, Ann M. O'Brien
November 4, 2022
Key Takeaways U.S. v. Nathan Nephi Zito is the first criminal monopolization case in more than 40 years, reversing the Antitrust Division’s practice of pursuing monopolization cases only civilly. The elements enumerated in the Zito plea...
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Antitrust Advocate
Hospital Mergers: The Future of COPA Immunity
By Tyson Y. Herrold, Carl W. Hittinger, Marc G. Schildkraut
October 26, 2022
In October 2022, the Federal Trade Commission issued a Public Comment opposing a Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) for the merger of State University of New York Upstate Medical University (SUNY Upstate) and Crouse Health System, Inc...
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Antitrust Advocate
DOJ Antitrust Division Not Backing Down on Labor
By Ann M. O'Brien, Kayley B. Sullivan
September 27, 2022
Despite back-to-back losses in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) first-ever criminal no-poach and wage-fixing cases, the Antitrust Division (the Division) is not backing down from its enforcement focus on labor. In fact, the Division and...
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