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J. Timothy Hobbs

Fisheries, Natural Resources and Environmental Litigation

Intervened in litigation on behalf of U.S. king crab harvesters and defeated challenge to a regulatory program expected to save the harvesters $50 million per year in lost revenues due to unfair competition from illegally harvested crab. Alfa Int’l Seafood, Inc. v. Ross, 264 F. Supp. 3d 23 (D.D.C. 2017).

Overturned a reallocation of fishing quota by the Commerce Department that harmed the commercial fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico. Guindon v. Ross, 240 F. Supp. 3d 181 (D.D.C. 2017). 

Represented groundfish harvesters and processors who intervened in a legal challenge to Pacific whiting catch allocations and succeeded in upholding the initial allocation formula. Pacific Dawn, LLC v. Pritzker, 831 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2016).

Represented a coalition of fishing industry and environmental interests who intervened in a challenge to individual fishing quota (IFQ) and cooperative programs for the Pacific groundfish trawl fleet and succeeded in upholding the program. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations v. Locke, 693 F.3d 1094 (9th Cir. 2012).

Represented fishing industry and environmental interests who intervened in a challenge to an IFQ program for grouper and tilefish in the Gulf of Mexico and succeeded in upholding the program. Coastal Conservation Association v. Blank, 2011 WL 4530544 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 29, 2011).

Successfully defended client against $4.4 million civil penalty action brought by the U.S. Department of Commerce for allegedly exceeding crab processing restrictions. In the Matter of Peter Pan Seafoods and Seven Seas Fishing Company, Department of Commerce, Docket No. AK0401011.

Representative Antitrust/Competition Litigation and Related Work

Successfully represented Asia-based company in securing pre-merger clearance from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for $100 million acquisition of U.S.-based company in 2016.

Represented U.S.-based air carrier in successful challenge to operations by non-U.S. helicopter services company, showing that that company was operating unlawfully in the United States. In the Matter of VIH Cougar Helicopters, Inc., Department of Transportation, Docket No. OST-2013-0004. 

Obtained dismissal with prejudice of antitrust claims asserted against a global product manufacturer and distributor. U.S. Ring Binder, L.P. v. World Wide Stationery Manufacturing Co., Ltd., 804 F. Supp. 2d 588 (N.D. Ohio 2011)

Secured dismissal with prejudice of antitrust claims against a ski resort involving its provision of housing units and resort services. Smugglers’ Notch Homeowners’ Ass’n, Inc. v. Smugglers’ Notch Management Co., Ltd., 414 Fed. Appx. 372 (2d Cir. 2011). 

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