Robert E. Connolly

Robert Connolly Law (Palm Springs)

Mr. Connolly is a partner at Robert Connolly Law. Prior he was a Counsel at GeyerGorey in Washington, DC. His primary area of practice is antitrust, unfair competition, government investigations and antitrust compliance. Mr. Connolly has more than 30 years of experience at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. He joined the Antitrust Division as an Honors Attorney, was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Middle Atlantic Regional office and in 1994 was made Chief of that office, where he served until he joined DLA Piper in February 2013. During his time with DOJ, Mr. Connolly led and supervised criminal antitrust grand jury investigations in industries ranging from local construction companies to international conglomerates. These investigations led to criminal cases ranging from a conspiracy to rig bids on sewage treatment projects in Philadelphia to global price fixing cartels in industrial products. The grand jury investigations sometimes uncovered other criminal conduct such as related fraud, FCPA violations, obstruction of justice and tax matters.



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Robert E. Connolly The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas rejects a motion to dismiss a per se Sherman Act violation by former executives at a staffing company for wage fixing in the market for physical therapists and assistants (Neeraj Jindal / John Rodgers)


District Court Finds Antitrust Division’s First Wage Fixing Indictment Alleges a Per Se Violation* On November 29, 2021 in U.S. v. Neeraj Jindal and John Rodgers, Civil Action No. 4:20-CR-00358A (N.D. Texas), District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant rejected defendants’ motion to dismiss the (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers delivers prepared remarks covering several criminal enforcement topics including deferred prosecution agreements and engagement with targets on charging decisions


Why I Think the Antitrust Division Should Reconsider Its Policy on No Notice/No Target Letter Indictments* Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers recently delivered (virtually) prepared remarks (here) covering several criminal enforcement topics including: Compliance; Deferred (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Supreme Court prohibits a sports professional association from imposing conditions on its members as it violates antitrust law through "naked" wage-fixing of student-athletes (NCAA / Alston)


Some “Twinkling of the Eye” Thoughts on NCAA v. Alston* The Supreme Court’s decision in Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Ass’n v. Alston, Nos. 20-512 and 20-520, 2021 WL 2519036, (U.S. June 21, 2021) is a boost for the Antitrust Division’s commitment to prosecute what it calls naked “wage fixing” and “no (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US DoJ announces that three South Korean companies in the market of oil refiners and logistics agreed to plead guilty and to enter into a civil settlement for bid-rigging (SK Energy / GS Caltex / Hanjin Transportation)


DOD Bid Rigging Whistleblower and Related Antitrust Division Criminal Cases* Last week the Antitrust Division announced that three South Korean companies had agreed to plead guilty and to enter into civil settlements for rigging bids on United States Department of Defense Fuel Supply Contracts (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears interesting oral argument on Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act related issues (Best Buy / Hannstar Display)


Ninth Circuit’s Oral Argument on FTAIA Related Appeal* If an FTAIA related case is ever taken by the Supreme Court I believe it will be a private civil price fixing damage case like Best Buy Co., Inc. v. Hannstar Display Corporation. The Antitrust Division’s international cartel prosecutions (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Congress passes antitrust whistleblower protection act


Should There Be an Antitrust Whistleblower Statute?* On July 22cd, the Senate passed the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. If signed into law the Act will create for the first time whistleblower protections for employees who (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denies Government’s en banc petition in Munibonds Statute of Limitations Case and confirms the limitation of the payment theory (Grimm)


Second Circuit Denies Government’s En Banc Petition in Munibonds Statute of Limitations Case* In its first Munibonds trial in 2012, the Antitrust Division convicted three former General Electric executives for rigging bids to suppress interest rates paid to municipalities on funds they raised (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US District Court for the Northern District of California rejects the $324.5 million settlement in a class action following the DOJ civil lawsuit for a per se violation (High-tech wage collusion)


The Unusual Hi-Tech Hiring Collusion Case: Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement; DOJ Brought Civil “Per Se” Cases* Last Friday Judge Lucy H. Koh issued an unusual ruling in a somewhat unusual case. The ruling was unusual in that the court rejected a proposed settlement in the hi-tech wage (...)

Robert E. Connolly The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agrees to rehear the appeal dismissing an antitrust claim under FTAIA in a lawsuit alleging price-fixing of LCD modules (Motorola Mobility / AU Optronics)


Seventh Circuit Panel to Rehear Motorola Mobility v. AU Optronics: A Preview of Some of the FTAIA Issues in Component International Price Fixing Cases* The Seventh Circuit has decided to rehear the appeal from a judgment dismissing nearly Motorola’s entire $3.5 billion antitrust claim against (...)

David H. Bamberger, Eli Burriss, Robert E. Connolly The US Supreme Court overturns District Court’s finding and rules that it must conduct a “rigorous analysis” to ensure that the requirements of class certification have been satisfied (Comcast / Behrend)


Comcast v. Behrend: Supreme Court overturns class certification, upholds Rule 23 “rigorous analysis”* In Comcast Corp. et. al. v. Behrend, et. al., the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, reaffirmed the Court’s recent holding in Wal-Mart v. (...)

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