Dana E. Foster
Dana is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator in the Firm's Competition section. He advises domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of complex civil and criminal matters, both at the federal and the state level. Dana's practice focuses on litigation in US courts and before US regulators, but he has broad experience in navigating the often intricate procedures of foreign tribunals and regulators in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Dana advises clients in connection with governmental investigations and in conducting their own internal reviews.
Dana joined White & Case's New York office in 2002 in its Commercial Litigation group, where he represented several of the Firm's pharma and sovereign clients in state and federal courts in New York. He transferred to the Firm's Washington office in 2004. Dana has also spent significant time in the Firm's Brussels and Tokyo offices.
Pro bono work is also a pillar of Dana's practice. He is the Pro Bono Partner for the Washington, DC office. He has argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he regularly appears in the Domestic Relations branch of the DC Superior Court on behalf of both parents and children.
Dana volunteers as a judge in the annual Great American Mock Trial Invitational Tournament, and he is the Grounds Team Leader for the Firm's recruiting efforts at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Prior to joining White & Case, Dana served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Electronics Technician aboard the Virginia-class nuclear guided missile cruiser USS Texas and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
Representative, publicly disclosed matters include:
Health Care Merger Dispute
Represents Anthem as trial counsel in its case against Cigna for breach of their merger agreement at a two-week bench trial in Delaware Chancery Court. Anthem is seeking relief from the $1.85 billion reverse termination fee and more than $20 billion in damages. The case is currently in post-trial briefing with a decision expected by the end of the year.
Pharma Antitrust Class Action
Defends Allergan/Warner Chilcott in defending direct and indirect purchaser claims under Sherman Act and state antitrust and consumer protections laws. Successes include vacated class-certification decision. US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated class-certification decision after a successful (and rarely granted) Rule 23(f) petition on the eve of trial. The First Circuit decision bars the widespread use of aggregate proof and post-trial affidavits as a substitute for fact-finding by juries under the Seventh Amendment of the US Constitution and under Rule 23.
Defends International Finance Corporation related to projects around the world involving complex issues of jurisdiction and immunity.
Cartel Defense (CRT)
Defends Toshiba in multijurisdictional engagement in the United States and abroad—e.g., Brazil, European Union, United Kingdom—in connection with allegations of price fixing, output restrictions, and market allocation in the cathode ray tube industry.
Cartel Defense (LCD)
Successfully defended Toshiba against allegations of price fixing of LCD panels. After a seven-week jury trial involving claimed damages of over $2 billion, jury deliberated less than a day and returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Toshiba.
Successfully defended Toshiba against class-action allegations of price fixing of LCD panels. After a six-week jury trial involving claimed class damages of over $3 billion, the jury found no recoverable damages against Toshiba. The case was named the 2012 "Litigation of the Year" by Global Competition Review, and was recognized by the Financial Times in its US Innovative Lawyers 2012 special report.
Cartel Defense (Shipping)
Successfully defended Stolt-Nielsen SA in its efforts to enforce its criminal Amnesty Agreement with the DOJ Antitrust Division. Following a three-week bench trial, obtained the dismissal of the indictment. The court ruled the Division's actions violated Stolt-Nielsen's constitutional due-process guarantees.
Freedom of Religion
Defends Chabad Rabbi in employment dispute involving non-compete clause and infringement of religious liberty. Successes include decision by Court of Appeals vacating trial court's preliminary injunction, which allowed client to practice his religion free of governmental entanglement. Bench trial of remaining claims and counterclaims expected later this year.
Successfully represented client in obtaining permanent guardianship and then adoption of grand-nephew, including working with DC Child and Family Services and child’s guardian ad litem. After a two-week bench trial, court found in favor of client and issued final decree of adoption.
Represented veterans pursuing disability benefits for combat-related injuries.
Dana Foster was named a "Litigator of the Week" by Global Competition Review for securing reversal of class certification in the Asacol® product-hopping litigation.