Laura Shores is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in complex civil and criminal litigation, including in particular the representation of companies and individuals in antitrust matters.

Ms. Shores’ antitrust litigation experience includes a variety of actions brought under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and its state law counterparts, as well as Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. She has tried antitrust claims brought by federal regulators and plaintiffs in private treble-damages suits and represents clients in a variety of industries, with particular focus on the pharmaceutical industry. In a landmark case brought by the Federal Trade Commission against Schering-Plough Corporation challenging its settlement of patent litigation with manufacturers of generic drugs, Ms. Shores prevailed after a two-month administrative hearing. She routinely defends pharmaceutical clients in class actions and cases brought by state attorneys general. 

Ms. Shores has also defended clients in other complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in matters before US and international arbitration tribunals. 

Ms. Shores’ practice also focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. She has represented corporations and individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions across a broad range of substantive areas, including antitrust, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, securities fraud and procurement fraud.

Experience

  • Major pharmaceutical company in putative class actions alleging price-fixing among manufacturers of generic drugs. Sergeants Benevolent Association Health & Welfare Fund, et al. v.Fougera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al.
  • Major pharmaceutical company in putative antitrust class actions alleging that defendants procured patent by fraud and engaged in sham patent litigation. United Food and Commercial Workers Unions and Employers Midwest Health Benefits Fund, et al. v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., et al.
  • Major pharmaceutical company in case brought by state attorney general alleging that defendants violated state law by engaging in sham patent litigation with prospective generic competitors. State of Louisiana v. Pfizer Inc. and Warner Lambert LLC.  
  • Two Japanese executives of a maritime shipping company in an antitrust criminal investigation of the international car shipping industry. Car Carriers Criminal Cartel Investigation.
  • Senior executive and primary individual target in antitrust criminal investigation of auto parts manufacturer. Matter concluded with no charges filed against client. Auto Parts Criminal Cartel Investigation.
  • Major pharmaceutical company in antitrust class actions challenging a patent litigation settlement agreement between branded and generic pharmaceutical companies. In re Lamictal Antitrust Litigation.
  • GSK in a case brought by Santa Clara County on behalf of all California citizens alleging violations of California’s false advertising law. County of Santa Clara v. GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Prominent attorney charged with money laundering and wire fraud. After a five-year investigation, the government voluntarily dismissed the indictment. United States v. Kuehne.
  • Microprocessor manufacturer in monopolization cases brought under Section 2 of the Sherman Act and in parallel proceedings before antitrust authorities in the European Union, Japan, South Korea and the Federal Trade Commission. Advanced Microsystems Inc. v. Intel Corporation; In re Intel Corp. Microprocessor Litigation.
  • Major pharmaceutical company in a landmark case brought by the Federal Trade Commission challenging the settlement of patent cases brought against manufacturers of generic drugs. After a two-month hearing, the administrative law judge ruled in the client’s favor, and the FTC was unsuccessful on appeal. Schering-Plough v. Federal Trade Commission.
  • Pharmaceutical company, its CEO and its board of directors, in successfully obtaining dismissal with prejudice of federal securities class actions filed against alleging violations of SEC Regulation FD and various federal securities laws. In re Schering-Plough Corporation Securities Litigation.
  • Schering-Plough, its CEO, and its board of directors in the dismissal of a state class action alleging common law claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Lurie v. Schering-Plough Corp.
  • Manufacturer of orthodontic appliances in a case alleging monopolization under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The case resulted in a directed verdict on behalf of the client at the close of the plaintiff’s case. Viazis, et al. v. GAC International, Inc.
  • Senior Clinton administration official in connection with three indictments brought by independent counsel Kenneth Starr, as well as in related investigations before Congress. The district court dismissed the independent counsel’s second indictment, holding that it violated the client’s Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. This holding was challenged on appeal and in the US Supreme Court, which, in a case of first impression, upheld the dismissal. United States v. Hubbell.
  • Civil rights organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, serving as lead trial counsel, in a federal voting rights case against Florida state officials in the days before the 2004 presidential election. Jacksonville Coalition for Voter Protection, et al. v. Hood.
  • Newly registered minority voters seeking to enforce a consent decree in a 23-year-old voting rights case in the District of New Jersey. After a preliminary injunction hearing, the court enforced the decree. The case was litigated all the way to the US Supreme Court in the days before, and including, Election Day in November 2004. Democratic National Committee v. Republican National Committee.

Recognition

Benchmark Litigation
Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 250 Women in Litigation (2015)
LMG Life Sciences Award
Nominee Antitrust Litigator of the Year (2015)
LMG Life Sciences
"Life Sciences Star" (2014-2016)
Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement - Washington, DC (2016)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1988
  • BA, Smith College, 1985, cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Robert S. Vance
Activities
  • Member, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association

Overview

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