Karen Lent is head of the Antitrust/Competition Group in Skadden’s New York office, representing a wide variety of clients in antitrust, sports and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels. She also provides general antitrust counseling.
In the antitrust litigation area, Ms. Lent has handled litigations involving price fixing, group boycotts, monopolization, other restraints of trade and class actions. These representations include Mowi ASA in class actions alleging price-fixing of farm-raised Atlantic salmon; Postmates in a class action alleging price-fixing and anticompetitive conduct regarding online meal delivery platforms; Intuitive Surgical in litigations alleging monopolization regarding surgical robots and related instruments; and LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton in litigation regarding its proposed acquisition of Tiffany & Co. She also has represented Citibank in class actions alleging price-fixing and/or group boycotts with respect to U.S.-de-nominated supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds, VIX products, U.S. treasury bonds, and odd lots of U.S. corporate bonds.
Ms. Lent has extensive experience counseling professional sports leagues and teams on a variety of antitrust and sports law matters, including the NBA, NFL, MLS, NHL and NCAA. These representations include the NCAA in litigation brought by student-athletes challenging its eligibility rules; the NFL in litigation brought by photographers alleging violations of intellectual property and antitrust laws; the NFL in a class action brought by retired players alleging negligence in administering prescription painkillers; and the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in their suit against the state of New Jersey to prevent the authorization and licensing of gambling on the sports leagues’ athletic events. Ms. Lent also represented the NBA in connection with the league’s imposition of discipline upon Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling; and the NBA and four of its teams in a litigation brought by the Spirits of St. Louis regarding the Spirits’ right to receive a portion of the teams’ television revenues.