George Gordon

Biography

George G. Gordon, partner and Co-Leader of the antitrust/competition practice and co-chair of the life sciences practice, focuses his practice on antitrust litigation, counseling and government investigations. He is a member of both the antitrust/competition and commercial litigation groups.

 

Since 2004, Mr. Gordon has been recognized as a top antitrust lawyer in Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States. In the 2012 edition, Chambers USA wrote that he “wins praise as ‘one of the top antitrust defense lawyers’” and that he is “smart, reasoned and reasonable.” The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Gordon as the 2014 Philadelphia Antitrust Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been recognized as a national “litigation star” in Benchmark Litigation, “recommended” in Legal 500 and ranked as a “Life Science Star” in LMG Life Sciences. 

 

Mr. Gordon writes and speaks on a wide range of antitrust issues and was asked by the Federal Trade Commission to testify in connection with the FTC/DOJ intellectual property/antitrust hearings. 

 

Significant Representations

  • Antitrust litigation, counseling, and government investigations are the primary focus of Mr. Gordon’s practice. His experience includes substantial antitrust class action litigation, including the following: 
  • In re Baby Products Antitrust Litigation (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon was lead counsel for Medela, Inc. in a class action and related retailer actions based on allegations of a vertical resale price maintenance agreement.
  • In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation (D.Mass.). Mr. Gordon was one of the lead counsel for a large Fortune 100 research-based pharmaceutical company in a series of monopolization and attempted monopolization cases, including class and individual actions, based on allegations of sham patent litigation and unlawful intellectual property strategies. The cases were settled.
  • In re Paxil Antitrust Litigation (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon was one of the lead counsel for a large Fortune 100 research-based pharmaceutical company in a series of monopolization and attempted monopolization cases, including class and individual actions, based on allegations of sham patent litigation and unlawful intellectual property strategies. The cases were settled and related FTC investigation was closed without further action.
  • Weber v. Elan Corp. plc (Naprelan Antitrust Litigation) (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon was the lead counsel representing a defendant pharmaceutical manufacturer in a series of antitrust class actions arising out of efforts to enforce intellectual property and the settlement of patent litigation. The case was dismissed after Elan prevailed in the underlying patent litigation.
  • Painters District Council No. 30 v. Pfizer, Inc. (Accupril Antitrust Litigation) (D.N.J.). Mr. Gordon was one of the lead counsel representing a Fortune 100 branded pharmaceutical company in this series of class actions alleging fraud on the PTO and sham litigation relating to the prescription drug Accupril. The cases were dismissed after Pfizer prevailed in the underlying patent litigation.
  • Turicentro v. American Airlines, Inc. (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon represented American Airlines in this antitrust action alleging a conspiracy to fix the price of the commissions paid to foreign travel agents. The district court granted the defendants’ motions to dismiss the action. On appeal, Mr. Gordon successfully presented oral argument to the Third Circuit on behalf of all of the airline defendants.
  • Detroit Diesel Antitrust Litigation (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon represented a group of fifteen distributors as defendants in a case involving allegations of a group boycott and resale price maintenance conspiracy in markets for the maintenance of diesel engines and the supply of spare parts for diesel engines. The case was resolved favorably to the defendants.
  • In re Baby Food Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J.). Mr. Gordon represented a leading baby food manufacturer in this nationwide class action involving allegations of price fixing in the baby product industry. He was the principal author of the successful summary judgment motion.
  • In re Graphite Electrodes Antitrust Litigation (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon represented a manufacturer of graphite electrodes in multiple civil lawsuits and governmental investigations by the United States Department of Justice, Canadian antitrust authorities, and the European Commission regarding an alleged international price fixing and market allocation cartel.
  • In re Airline Ticket Commission Antitrust Litigation (D.Minn.). Mr. Gordon represented an airline in this nationwide class action alleging that the defendant airlines fixed the commissions paid to travel agents. He was heavily involved in all aspects of the client’s defense, including pre-trial discovery, working closely with economic experts, and the preparation of the case for trial. The case was resolved on favorable terms on the eve of trial.

 

In addition to class action matters, Mr. Gordon’s general antitrust litigation experience includes a substantial number of other significant antitrust actions involving claims of monopolization, unlawful price discrimination, unlawful group boycotts, predatory pricing, and monopoly leveraging: 

  • Anderson News v. Curtis Circulation, et al. (S.D.N.Y.). Mr. Gordon represents Curtis Circulation in this multi-defendant antitrust action based on allegations of a group boycott in the magazine distribution industry. Mr. Gordon successfully moved to dismiss the action, which is pending on appeal in the Second Circuit.
  • United Magazine Company v. Murdoch Magazine Distribution, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.). Mr. Gordon is lead counsel representing a national distributor of magazine publications in this industry-wide antitrust action involving allegations of price discrimination in violation of Section 2(a) of the Robinson-Patman Act. The case was dismissed on summary judgment, which has been affirmed on appeal.
  • Congress of California Seniors v. Par Pharmaceuticals, et al. (Calif. Sup. Ct.). Mr. Gordon is the lead national counsel for a large Fortune 100 research-based pharmaceutical company in this “§17200” action based on an allegedly unlawful “authorized generic” agreement between a branded and generic manufacturer. The case has been dismissed.
  • The Curtis Circulation Company v. Bay News, Inc. (D.Ore.). Mr. Gordon was lead counsel representing a national distributor of magazine publications in this antitrust action involving allegations of price discrimination in violation of Section 2(a) of the Robinson-Patman Act. The case was dismissed.
  • Advo, Inc. v. Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. (E.D.Pa.). Mr. Gordon represented a newspaper publisher in this antitrust action in which the plaintiff alleged that the defendant publisher had engaged in predatory pricing and monopoly leveraging. Mr. Gordon played a key role in obtaining summary judgment in favor of the defendant.

 

Mr. Gordon has also successfully represented clients in a number of non-public investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. 

 

Mr. Gordon's practice also includes representing life science companies in disputes arising out of licensing, collaboration, asset purchase and other agreements. In addition to representing clients in the arbitration and litigation of such disputes, Mr. Gordon has helped clients successfully negotiate commercial resolutions in these matters, including the following: 

  • A European pharmaceutical company as respondent in an AAA-ICDR arbitration with a biotech involving the termination of a development agreement. Our client was able to terminate the agreement, retain certain IP rights as well as potential royalty rights.
  • A U.S. chemical company as plaintiff in U.S. litigation over the termination of a long-term supply agreement. Our client obtained a settlement including payments totaling over US$100 million.
  • A European pharmaceutical company as respondent and antitrust-counterclaimant in a AAA-ICDR arbitration with a U.S. pharmaceutical company involving the right to acquire a U.S. biotech and develop a new drug product. Our client was able to acquire the target biotech and proceed with development of the new drug.
  • A European biotech company as plaintiff in U.S. litigation seeking the payment of milestones under an asset purchase agreement. Our client received a payment for the relevant milestones.
  • A European pharmaceutical company seeking to enforce a "commercially reasonable efforts" obligation in a marketing and development agreement. Our client succeeded in amending the agreement to add multi-year performance targets and buy-back rights if they are not met.
  • A European biotech company seeking to enforce a "commercially reasonable efforts" obligation in a development agreement. Development proceeded, resulting in the filing of an NDA and milestone payments for our client.
  • A European pharmaceutical company as claimant in a AAA-ICDR arbitration with a U.S. pharmaceutical company over the termination of a supply agreement. The matter is on-going.
  • Education
  • Brandeis University, B.A., Economics, 1988, cum laude with honors 
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1991 
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, High Commendation, 1987

 

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 
  • Supreme Court of the United States 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

 

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania 
  • New Jersey

 

Memberships

  • Mr. Gordon is active in the ABA’s Antitrust Section. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation and Antitrust Sections and served as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. He was also chair of the committee’s Federal Circuit Task Force (examining the increasing role of the Federal Circuit in making patent-antitrust law). He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

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