Laura Alexander is a Partner in the Antitrust practice at Cohen Milstein. Ms. Alexander joined the firm in 2012, bringing with her extensive experience in complex antitrust litigation, class actions and appeals. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Alexander also was a member of the trial team that successfully represented Charter Communications in what was, at the time, the largest litigated bankruptcy in U.S. history and successfully represented several clients before the United States Supreme Court.
Currently, Ms. Alexander is litigating the following notable matters:
- Ideker Farms, et al. v. the United States of America: Cohen Milstein represents Ideker Farms and another 350 plaintiffs located in six states along the Missouri River in a mass action lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the federal government took land and flooding easements over lands owned by farmers, violating the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. Ms. Alexander has been involved in all aspects of the litigation. The case is set to go to trial in 2017.
- Sutter Health Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein is co-lead in a monopolization case alleging Sutter Health, a large hospital chain in Northern California, has used anticompetitive contract terms and contracting practices to drive out competition and raise prices to insurers, self-insured employers and individual consumers to supracompetitive levels. Ms. Alexander has been involved in all aspects of the litigation.
- Big Oak Farms, Inc. v. the United States of America: Cohen Milstein represents a group of farmers along the Mississippi River in a Fifth Amendment takings case alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally flooded plaintiffs’ land, without providing just compensation. Ms. Alexander has been involved in all aspects of the litigation.
Ms. Alexander’s past successes include:
- Urethanes (Polyether Polyols) Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel for direct purchaser plaintiffs in an antitrust class action alleging a nationwide conspiracy to fix the prices of chemicals used to make polyurethane foam. Four defendants—Bayer, BASF, Huntsman, and Lyondell—settled for a total of $139.5 million, while the case against the fifth manufacturer, Dow Chemical, went to trial. After a four-week jury trial, the jury returned a $400 million verdict for the plaintiffs, which the district court trebled under federal antitrust law to more than $1 billion. Ms. Alexander was a member of the trial team and had significant brief writing and witness preparation responsibilities. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed the judgment. Dow has petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review, and that petition is currently pending.
Ms. Alexander attended Reed College, earning a B.A. in Mathematics, and earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has authored or co-authored scholarly articles, including Prominent Market Definition Issues in Pharmaceutical Antitrust Cases, which recently appeared in Antitrust, an American Bar Association publication.