John Majoras co-leads the Firm's Business & Tort Litigation Practice and tries commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. His most recent trials have involved antitrust issues, including government challenges to mergers, class actions, and individual plaintiffs alleging both single firm and horizontal conduct. John's 30 years of trial work have included product liability, consumer class actions, hostile corporate takeovers, copyright, tax, contract, energy, and entertainment issues.
Over the last few years, John has established himself as the go-to trial counsel for defending mergers from antitrust challenges. In 2015, he tried back-to-back merger cases involving the successful defense of STERIS Corporation's acquisition of Synergy Health Plc against a challenge from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), followed by Electrolux Corporation's defense of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) challenge to its proposed acquisition of General Electric's appliance business. Previously, John headed up American Airlines' defense of its merger with US Airways, and he also led the defense of the DOJ's challenge to the merger of Aetna and Humana.
Beyond the merger cases, John has won multiple jury trials, including a large class action on behalf of Sanofi-Aventis in the Southern District of New York. He frequently advises clients on responding to international cartel investigations and defending the class action litigation that typically follows. Clients in the pharmaceutical, credit card, paper, packaged ice, marine hose, satellite radio, auto parts, waste hauling, farm equipment, health insurance, and other industries have relied on John to defend and try their antitrust cases.