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Hugh F. Bangasser

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Hugh Bangasser concentrates on antitrust and complex corporate litigation, including multi-district and international antitrust and consumer class actions, and advises public and private sector clients on corporate and litigation issues related to antitrust, consumer trade regulation disputes, intellectual property and corporate governance and securities matters.  He has litigated numerous antitrust, trade regulation and technology cases in both domestic and international commerce, and represents clients in grand jury proceedings, criminal litigation and civil investigations by federal and state government enforcement agencies.

In addition, Hugh has five years experience as a senior trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition, where he investigated antitrust violations, negotiated consent settlements, and tried and appealed complaints.  He is a former chairperson of the Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association and has provided antitrust counsel to the Washington State Bar Association.

Hugh teaches a comparative law course on antitrust and intellectual policy issues at the University of Washington School of Law.  He also has written articles and given numerous presentations to legal and other professional groups on antitrust, RICO, franchise and trade regulation issues, as well as on the legal issues surrounding the commercial development and marketing of computer goods and services.  He is the co-author of a chapter ("Procedural Aspects of International Civil Litigation") in Raish & Shaffer, eds., Introduction to Transnational Legal Transactions (Oceana Publications, 1995), co-author of a chapter on the consumer protection aspects of  the Washington Consumer Protection Act, and co-author of a chapter on the Washington antitrust laws published by the American Bar Association.  In addition, Hugh is an arbitrator on the Large and Complex Case Panel and Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has served as an arbitrator in numerous complex business disputes.

Professional Background

Hugh was a law clerk for Chief Judge William T. Beeks and Judge William J. Lindberg at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington from 1971 to 1973.

Achievements

  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers list (2003-2009, 2011-2016)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007

Mr. Bangasser concentrates his practice on U.S. and international civil and criminal antitrust litigation and other complex business litigation.  He has litigated numerous private and government antitrust and trade regulation matters in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country.  He has represented corporations and individuals in jury and non-jury trials including class actions in multi-district litigation, and in parallel criminal and civil antitrust proceedings involving U.S., foreign and state government antitrust enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.  In that capacity, he has been involved in landmark antitrust litigation in the areas of international joint ventures and vertical restraints.  As an antitrust adviser, Mr. Bangasser counsels clients on a wide variety of pricing issues, collaborative ventures, vertical and horizontal restraints, and pre-merger acquisition strategies. 

Before he joined the firm, Mr. Bangasser was a senior trial attorney in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission.  He tried and argued the successful appeal of claims against U.S. and foreign entities involving violations of vertical and horizontal restraints and investigated possible antitrust violations including mergers and acquisitions, and negotiated consent settlements in a variety of industries on both horizontal and vertical restraints.
 
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and similar publications for his antitrust work, he is a former chairperson of the Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section of the Washington State Bar Association and a member of the Antitrust and Litigation sections of the American Bar Association and of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He is an arbitrator on the Large and Complex Case Panel within the Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.  

Mr. Bangasser is a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law where he teaches a course titled: Intellectual Property & Competition Policy: A Comparative Approach and where he previously taught the antitrust law course.  He is a contributing author in Washington Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Law Developments Deskbook (3rd edition) and he co-authored a chapter entitled "Procedural Aspects Of International Civil Litigation: Selected Issues Relating To Service Of Process, Foreign Discovery For U.S. Litigation & Enforcement Of Judgments" in Introduction to Transnational Legal Transactions (Raisch and Shaffer, Oceana Press, 1995).  In addition, Mr. Bangasser has written articles and given numerous presentations to legal and other professional groups on antitrust issues.

He is the current co-practice area leader for the firm-wide K&L Gates Litigation practice area and former chair of the Preston Gates & Ellis’s Antitrust and Business Litigation practice groups.

Representative Antitrust Litigation

  • In re TFT LCD Flat Panel Antitrust Litigation. Representation of manufacturer of flat panel screens in US criminal proceedings and in U.S. civil class action litigation and in litigation with State Attorneys General as well as in proceedings in the European Union and other foreign venues.
  • Alalamiah Electronics, et al. v. Microsoft Corporation et al. Successful defense jury verdict for Microsoft to claims by foreign competitor for operating system software after four week trial.
  • Randy’s Ring & Pinion Service v. Eaton Corporation. Successful defense of Eaton Corporation on claims of impermissible tying, monopolization and refusal to license technology as well as infringement claims relating to patented performance differentials for vehicles.
  • In the Matter of Brunswick Corporation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd and Mariner Corporation. Successful challenge of horizontal agreements between U.S. and foreign competitors in cross licensing of technologies and divisions of markets that was affirmed on appeal after multi-week trial.
  • Fuji Gogyo Ltd.v. Pacific Bay International. Defense verdict and successful appeal to 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against claims of infringement of intellectual rights and competitive misuse.
  • In re Bristol Bay Antitrust Litigation. Successful resolution of class action by U.S. individuals and companies against three foreign clients, among others, in price fixing and monopolization claims for in excess of $1 billion dollars.
  • U.S. v. Kyokuyo Co., Ltd. et al. Successful defense of foreign clients in government criminal and civil investigations and private U.S. litigation regarding price fixing allegations as to seafood products in U.S. and Asian markets 
  • In re Publication Paper Antitrust Litigation. Multi-district class actions in both federal and state courts relating to alleged price fixing in the sales of publication paper in both U.S. and European markets.
  • In re International Air Transportation Surcharge Antitrust Litigation. Multi-district class actions in federal and state courts relating to alleged illegal price fixing in the setting of fuel surcharges for international cargo flights.
  • Omega Environmental, Inc. v. Gilbarco, Inc., et al. Successful defense on appeal of manufacturer to monopolization (exclusive dealing) and conspiracy claims following four week trial and appeal
  • Golob & Sons v. Schaake Packing Co., Inc. et al. Successful settlement of claims in private antitrust action involved allegations of bid rigging and price fixing in the beef industry.