Justin Hedge is a member of the firm's antitrust/competition practice group. His practice includes federal review of mergers and acquisitions, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act counseling, complex civil antitrust litigation and general antitrust counseling. Mr. Hedge has represented clients in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, forest products, entertainment, chemicals, automotive parts, private equity, and financial services.
Mr. Hedge is active in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association as well as other Bar associations. In addition to participating in ABA publications on antitrust, Mr. Hedge has also served as a Young Lawyer Representative in the leadership of the Antitrust Section and served on the Fall Forum Planning Committee.
Mr. Hedge maintains an active pro bono practice including first chair experience in both civil and criminal litigation in the District and Virginia state courts.
Mr. Hedge worked during law school for Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and to Judge Patricia A. Broderick of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
Antitrust/Competition Representative Matters
- Unilever in connection with its acquisition of the Alberto Culver hair care business for US$3.7 billion. Assisted in investigation, including drafting submissions to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and consent negotiations.
- Intel Corporation in connection with the purchase of security software firm McAfee for US$7.68 billion. The transaction was cleared without a second request in the U.S. and with Phase I commitments in the European Union. Involved in all aspects of US review and drafted EU submissions.
- General Electric Company and NBC Universal in connection with the formation of the Comcast-NBCU joint venture. Participated in all aspects of the DOJ Second Request as well as parallel FCC and state attorney general investigations including preparing witnesses for depositions, advising on integration information sharing, and drafting submissions to the authorities.
- Hoffman La Roche in defense of monopolization claims in District Court for D.C. alleging Walker Process and sham litigation theories primarily based on intellectual property held to be unenforceable following a finding of inequitable conduct during patent prosecution before the Patent and Trademark Office. Case settled after filing motion for summary judgment. Worked with testifying experts, drafted dispositive motions, assisted with deposition preparation, and managed discovery.
- In re: OSB Antitrust Litigation. Defended oriented strand board manufacturer against price fixing and coordinated supply reduction allegations brought by direct and indirect purchasers in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prepared motion hearings and depositions, and responded to discovery requests.
Investigations & Criminal Matters
- National corporation in Department of Justice civil antitrust investigation related to third-party industry statistics reporting. Participated in all aspects of defense, including developing substantive arguments and defense themes and preparing witnesses for deposition. Investigation closed without enforcement action.
- National consulting firm in a Department of Justice criminal antitrust investigation of potential bid-rigging activity related to government contracts. Succeeded in establishing that conduct at issue was not subject to criminal investigation and DOJ closed inquiry at early stage. Developed legal arguments and DOJ engagement strategy, managed discovery, interviewed witnesses, and assisted with responding to grand jury interrogatory requests.