George F. Farah is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Antitrust and Human Rights practice groups. In this role, Mr. Farah represents farmers, unions, consumers and businesses that were injured by corporate abuses in complex class action lawsuits.
He has experience in litigating all aspects of class action cases, from deposing senior executives to arguing dispositive motions in court to obtaining verdicts at jury trials. In addition, Mr. Farah has particular expertise in investigating and developing new antitrust cases and securing individual and institutional clients to serve as class representatives.
Since joining the Firm in 2005, Mr. Farah has represented small businesses that were overcharged due to price-fixing conspiracies in a range of industries; unions and consumers in actions against pharmaceutical companies that thwarted generic competition; and farmers in lawsuits against processors that artificially depressed their wages. In many of those cases, he secured multi-million dollar settlements for the class and obtained significant injunctive relief.
Mr. Farah has also advocated for particularly vulnerable victims of tortious conduct. He represented poisoned children in a public nuisance case against lead paint manufacturers; survivors of the Holocaust in actions against companies who profited from Nazi-era slave labor; and political asylum applicants who were tortured in Nepal.
In addition to litigating, Mr. Farah has advocated for policies to strengthen democracy and address income inequality. He founded the nonprofit Open Debates to improve the presidential debate process. He served as general counsel and treasurer of the Campaign for a Living Wage to raise minimum wages. He reported on the harms of media concentration and the IMF’s austerity programs at The Center for the Study of Responsive Law.
Mr. Farah is the author of the book "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates" (Seven Stories Press). His articles on legal and electoral issues have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Antitrust Magazine and other publications.
Mr. Farah has appeared on 50 television programs and hundreds of radio programs to discuss political and legal matters, including Nightline, 20/20, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, FOX and Friends, MSNBC Lester Holt Live, CNN Market Call and NOW with Bill Moyers. He has also given several talks about the political process and electoral reform issues at colleges and universities.
Mr. Farah attended Princeton University, graduating with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School. Mr. Farah was the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship.
Currently, Mr. Farah is litigating the following notable matters:
- DairyAmerica Litigation: Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in Carlin v. Dairy America, Inc. (E.D. Cal.), accusing the largest marketer of nonfat dry milk in the United States and several major processing cooperatives of conspiring to inflate their profits at the expense of dairy farmers by misreporting data to the federal government. Mr. Farah is managing all aspects of the case.
- Treasury Securities Litigation: Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging that major banks and brokerages conspired to drive up futures prices for Treasury securities ahead of announced auctions and then colluded to deflate prices at auction.
- In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass.): Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in pay-for-delay litigation alleging that AstraZeneca PLC, the brand manufacturer of Nexium, paid manufacturers to delay the introduction of a generic version of the drug. The case is on appeal.
Some of his successes include:
- OSB Antitrust Litigation: $120 million settlement. Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel in a case alleging that the nine producers of oriented standard board conspired to reduce the supply of OSB and thereby increase prices to direct purchasers.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Litigation: $100 million settlement. Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel for a class of direct purchasers of hydrogen peroxide that alleged a price-rigging conspiracy by manufacturers.
- Northeast Dairy Litigation: $80 million settlement. Cohen Milstein served as lead counsel for a class of Northeast dairy farmers against Dairy Farmers of America and Dairy Marketing Services in a raw milk price-fixing case.
- Nepali Nurse Political Asylum Litigation (Pro Bono): Mr. Farah acted as lead counsel in successfully securing political asylum in the United States for a nurse who had been persecuted and tortured for her religious beliefs in Nepal.