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J. Robert Robertson

J. Robert Robertson

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Robby Robertson's practice focuses primarily on antitrust, consumer protection, and commercial litigation.

Robby is the former Chief Trial Counsel for the Bureau of Competition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Recently, Robby was the lead counsel for LabCorp in FTC v. Laboratory Corporation of America, in which the U.S. District Court denied the FTC's motion for a preliminary injunction to bar LabCorp's integration of the assets of Westcliff Laboratories. The FTC withdrew its appeal. Recently, he was also lead trial counsel for defendants in United States v. H&R Block, et al., a merger case, in which the U.S. District Court granted an injunction, and he was also lead trial counsel for SunCor in Western Convenience Stores, Inc. et al., v. Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc., in which the court denied a preliminary injunction.

Robby also was the lead trial counsel on several other competition matters before either the Commission or federal district courts. For example, Robby led the litigation team in FTC v. CCC Holdings, Inc., in which the U.S. District Court granted a preliminary injunction enjoining CCC's US$1.4 billion merger with Mitchell International Inc. The parties subsequently abandoned the merger. He was also was the lead trial counsel in the FTC's monopolization case against Intel Corporation, which was settled in August 2010, and the lead trial counsel in the Matter of Polypore International, a post-closing merger challenge. In Polypore, after a one-month trial, the judge and the Commission ordered a divestiture of the acquired company.

Robby was the FTC's lead trial counsel in the Matter of Chicago Bridge & Iron, N.V., the first post-closing merger challenge tried at the FTC in over a decade. Following a three-month trial, the judge ordered full divestiture of the acquired company. The Commission and the Fifth Circuit affirmed. He was also the FTC's lead trial counsel in the Matter of Union Oil Co. of California, a standard-setting case based on Unocal's alleged monopolization of the technology market for summertime, reformulated gasoline in California. After a nearly four-month trial, the case resulted in a Consent Order granting all the relief sought in the complaint. While at the FTC, Robby also participated in many other competition matters involving the cruise line, pharmaceutical, and computer industries. He is the recipient of the FTC's Award for Distinguished Service.

While a partner at another major law firm, Robby had dozens of antitrust or commercial trials before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, or arbitration panels in the automotive, high tech, healthcare, and energy industries. He also represented clients in numerous investigations before the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Prior to attending law school, Robby served more than 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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