Robert A. Braun is an Associate in the Antitrust practice group, having joined Cohen Milstein in 2014. In this role, he represents businesses and individuals in federal civil actions with a focus on class actions and antitrust litigation. Mr. Braun also has experience in international claims litigation, including representing the victims of state-sponsored terrorism.
Currently, Mr. Braun is litigating the following notable matters:
- Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Lease Antitrust Litigation: Counsel for plaintiffs in class actions alleging that Chesapeake Energy, SandRidge Energy and a former executive of both companies conspired to rig bids for leases of land held by private landowners in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado. This litigation follows the U.S. Department of Justice’s early 2016 indictment of a co-founder and former CEO of Chesapeake Energy for allegedly participating in this bid-rigging conspiracy.
- In re Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Tenn.): Cohen Milstein is co-lead in a class action lawsuit alleging price-fixing in the cast iron soil pipe and fittings market and challenging the defendants’ efforts to maintain a duopoly and restrain competition from foreign competitors. The plaintiffs have defeated the defendants’ motions to dismiss.
- In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J.): Cohen Milstein is co-lead in a class action litigation alleging price-fixing of ductile iron pipe fittings and monopolization of the American-made ductile iron pipe fittings market. The court denied defendants’ motions to dismiss and the plaintiffs have settled with two of the defendants.
- Iran Beirut Bombing Litigation: Cohen Milstein is representing the victims and family members of victims in the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing, the deadliest act of terrorism against Americans prior to September 11, 2001.
- Iraq Hostage Spouses Litigation: Cohen Milstein is representing the spouses of 30 Americans held hostage by former Iraq President Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War in 1990. After toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime, the United States settled the hostage spouses’ legal claims with Iraq, but has refused to compensate the hostage spouses out of the resulting settlement fund. Cohen Milstein alleges that these actions by the United States are a taking without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
- Inmate Calling Services Provider Litigation: Cohen Milstein is on the executive committee in several nationwide class action lawsuits alleging that the providers of inmate calling services have charged inmates and their families unjust and unreasonable rates in violation of the Federal Communications Act and various state laws.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Braun served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2013-2014, and for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He was also an Arthur Liman Fellow at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, where he worked on public interest housing litigation.
Mr. Braun earned his J.D. at Yale Law School and attended Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology. During law school, Mr. Braun was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and a member of the mock trial team.
Admitted in the District of Columbia, New York and Louisiana.