J. Frank Hogue
Frank Hogue is a partner in White & Case LLP's Antitrust practice group.
Frank is an experienced trial attorney, having defended numerous antitrust class actions and helped secure defense verdicts in high-stakes cartel cases. His litigation experience covers both state and federal courts across the US. Clients regularly turn to Frank for his strategic acumen and efficiency, both in litigation and counseling matters.
In addition to his class action experience, Frank defends against corporate plaintiffs and State Attorneys General who file antitrust lawsuits in parallel to class actions. Frank has litigated dozens of such cases on behalf of multinational defendants.
Frank handles multijurisdictional antitrust disputes and investigations in both the civil and criminal context. He has considerable experience with the provisions of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvement Act (FTAIA) and regularly works on complex cases involving both United States and foreign proceedings.
Frank represents clients before the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He also regularly counsels clients on antitrust issue arising at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, including antitrust issues in standard setting organizations (SSOs).
Representative cases include the following:
Served as trial counsel to Toshiba in its complete victory in a 2013 US civil jury trial concerning price-fixing allegations in the liquid crystal display (LCD) market (N.D. Cal.). At trial, Toshiba faced price-fixing claims totaling US$2.3 billion brought by a large retailer plaintiff that previously had opted out of class proceedings against Toshiba and other LCD manufacturers. Following a six-week jury trial, the San Francisco jury unanimously returned a defense verdict for Toshiba in September 2013, finding that Toshiba did not participate in a LCD price-fixing conspiracy and therefore did not cause any damages to the plaintiff. The Financial Times recognized this case in its 2014 Innovative Lawyers report, noting it challenged "the view that juries cannot handle complex damages calculations."
Served as trial counsel to Toshiba in its 2012 direct purchaser class-action jury trial, in which the class plaintiffs alleged cartel activity in the thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (LCD) market. Toshiba stood alone in taking the DPP civil class-action case to trial; all other defendants had settled for a total of approximately US$450 million. The jury awarded the class plaintiffs no recoverable damages against the nearly US$2.7 billion in damages the class plaintiffs had sought. The Financial Times selected the Toshiba trial for inclusion in its 2012 Innovative Lawyers report. This high profile trial was covered extensively in the media, with articles noting the absence of recoverable damages - e.g., "Toshiba Fined $87M for LCD Price Fixing; Won't Pay a Penny." (PC World).
Won motion to dismiss in Northern District of California in successful defense of price-fixing case against pet-food maker. Currently representing client against class action antitrust claims in various jurisdictions.
Representing Chinese manufacturing company against antitrust boycott allegations.
Represented a major Asian manufacturing company in connection with global criminal and administrative proceedings related to alleged cartel activity.
Representing major Japanese electronics company in connection with US federal and state civil proceedings related to alleged cartel activity.
Represented multinational supplier before US Federal Trade Commission relating to allegations of monopolization and other anticompetitive conduct.
Represented private equity firm in successful defense of New York state criminal investigation and related US Securities and Exchange investigations.
Represented high-tech client in US Department of Justice investigation relating to hiring practices in Silicon Valley.
Defeated class certification in Northern District of California in successful defense of foreign electronics manufacturer in price-fixing case.
Speaker, "GCR Live 11th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture", July 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Riding the Convergence Wave: The Maturing International Competition Network, Worldwide Merger Notification Requirements, Aspen Publishing, December 2008, (co-author with Doug Jasinski)