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O’Melveny Team Recognized as Global Competition Review’s Litigators of the WeekJanuary 03, 2017
O’Melveny partners Chuck Diamond, Andrew Frackman, Edward Moss, and Katrina Robson were highlighted by Global Competition Review as “Litigators of the Week” for their role in helping US Airways secure an antitrust trial victory over airline booking service Sabre following a five-year legal battle. The feature, published on December 30, 2016, notes that “after an eight-week trial – filled with all-nighters and 20-hour work days for the O’Melveny team – a Manhattan federal jury on 20 December found that Sabre violated federal antitrust law in a 2011 contract with the airline.”
Diamond told GCR that US Airways was committed to the cause and took the firm’s advice “even when it was painful.” Frackman also spoke with the publication, explaining that although the airline awarded about US$15.3 million in trebled damages, the case was not about the damages claim.
“It was about changing the way that airline tickets are distributed and the rules that Sabre has been able to impose on this industry,” Frackman said. “The verdict has established that the constraints imposed by Sabre are anticompetitive.”
Diamond, who resides in O’Melveny’s Century City office, focuses his practice on a wide variety of antitrust, commercial, and intellectual property disputes with a pronounced emphasis on “big case” jury trial work. New York-based Frackman, who is one of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers, works on diverse disputes including antitrust, contract and commercial, intellectual property, insurance coverage, and federal tax claims. Moss also resides in the firm’s New York office and represents companies and individuals in a wide range of commercial litigation and regulatory matters, with a focus on securities, antitrust, and merger-and-acquisition-related lawsuits. Robson, who is based in Washington, DC, represents clients in complex, high-profile antitrust and competition litigation against both government agencies and private parties.