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.

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  • 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.
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Experience

  • 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 2020)
  • 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
1-800 Contacts Settles Class Action Lawsuit With Roots in FTC Action
By Darley Maw, Ann M. O'Brien
May 21, 2020
Back in 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued 1-800 Contacts, claiming the online retailer devised an anticompetitive scheme with other online lens retailers to restrict search terms. The FTC argued that 1-800 Contacts and its...
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Antitrust Advocate
The Failing Firm Defense in Times of Economic Uncertainty
By Alyse F. Stach
May 20, 2020
As many businesses look for solutions to weather the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, one potential avenue for distressed companies is to seek to be acquired by a more stable firm looking to expand. The antitrust regulators have...
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Antitrust Advocate
DOJ Declines to Challenge New Bidding Platform for Commercial Advertisement Producers
By Jeffrey D. Martino
April 30, 2020
On April 16, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would not challenge a proposal by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) to operate an online platform for advertisers and advertising agencies to solicit...
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Antitrust Advocate
COVID-19 and the DPA: First Criminal Complaint Filed by the Justice Department in New York
By Carrie Dettmer Slye
April 28, 2020
On Friday, April 24, 2020, the Justice Department announced the filing of a criminal complaint against a New York man, Amardeep “Bobby” Singh, for the hoarding and subsequent price gouging of personal protective equipment (PPE) under the...
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Antitrust Advocate
Fuel Supply Bid-Rigging Prosecution Highlights Interplay of Whistleblower Statute and Antitrust Division's Leniency Program
By Susrut A. Carpenter, Jeffrey D. Martino
April 16, 2020
On April 8, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (Division), the DOJ Civil Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio (collectively, the Government) announced a civil antitrust and False Claims...
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