William DeVinney

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
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Overview

William DeVinney has a broad litigation practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, commercial class action, securities and other complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience, both as a member of trial teams and as first chair in jury and bench trials, arbitrations proceedings and regulatory hearings, and has argued cases before several federal and state appellate courts. William also counsels clients on antitrust issues.

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  • Member of a team representing 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. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
  • Represented a multinational consumer goods company in a consumer class action alleging false advertising. The complaint against the client was dismissed with prejudice.
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Experience

  • Member of a team representing 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. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of the alleged damages.
  • Represented a multinational consumer goods company in a consumer class action alleging false advertising. The complaint against the client was dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented a multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against a Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by a competitor alleging that the client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize the alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
  • Defended a multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology company accused of monopolizing the market for the transgenic corn seed industry. A motion for class certification by the plaintiff was rejected by the trial court and before the Third Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented a multinational technology company in a private antitrust claim brought by a competitor, as well as in investigations brought by the European Union, the Federal Trade Commission and state government enforcement agencies.
  • Defended a former executive of Bankers Trust Corp. in a criminal trial and related Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative proceedings arising from the alleged improper accounting treatment of unclaimed funds. After a six-week jury trial, the client was acquitted of all 36 counts in the indictment and a favorable settlement was reached with the SEC.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Served as lead counsel for three congressional representatives and a public interest group filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Has represented several clients in fair housing cases in antidiscrimination, fair housing, landlord/tenant and contractual disputes.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1998
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1991

Blog

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Antitrust Advocate
Supreme Court to Decide First Antitrust Case in Two Years
November 9, 2017
On Oct. 16, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. American Express, the court’s first antitrust case of the 2017 term and the first antitrust case they have reviewed since 2015. The American Express case presents...
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Antitrust Advocate
Antitrust Partner Dan Foix to Present at Upcoming AAI Conference
October 31, 2017
Danyll Foix, an antitrust partner in BakerHostetler’s Washington, DC office, will be a speaker at the 11th Annual Private Enforcement Conference of the American Antitrust Institute on November 7, 2017. Foix will join a panel discussion of...
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Antitrust Advocate
Presidential Powers and Antitrust Politics: Part Three
October 13, 2017
In July and August, we discussed the president’s role in setting antitrust policy at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Specifically, we pointed out that presidents routinely face competing domestic and foreign policy...
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Antitrust Advocate
Recent Investigation Closing Suggests FTC’s Process Reforms Might Be Meaningful
October 4, 2017
Back in April, we reviewed several new initiatives within the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) focused on eliminating “wasteful, legacy regulations and processes that have outlived their usefulness,” including “process reforms” for civil...
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Antitrust Advocate
‘Tryin’ to Loosen My Load’ – FTC’s New CID Process May Reduce Your Antitrust Investigation Burden*
August 7, 2017
In April we reviewed several new initiatives within the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) focused on eliminating “wasteful, legacy regulations and processes that have outlived their usefulness,” in the words of FTC Acting Chair Maureen K...
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