Richard A. Koffman is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Co-Chair of the Antitrust practice group. He litigates antitrust cases on behalf of the victims of corporations engaged in price-fixing, market monopolization, and other unlawful conduct.
Mr. Koffman has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ antitrust lawyers. He was named Law360’s Competition Law MVP (2016) and inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame (2017), after being recognized by The Legal 500 since 2010 as one of the top plaintiffs’ class action and mass tort litigators in antitrust. Mr. Koffman was also named one of the world’s leading competition lawyers by Global Competition Review (2016 and 2019).
Mr. Koffman has had the honor of serving as court-appointed lead or co-lead counsel in many landmark antitrust class actions, including the Urethanes Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in the largest price-fixing verdict in U.S. history and the largest jury verdict of 2013.
A former Senior Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust and Civil Rights Divisions, Mr. Koffman views his role in litigating antitrust lawsuits as an extension of the public interest work he pursued at the DOJ in promoting competition and fighting discrimination.
Recent case successes include:
- In re: Urethanes (Polyether Polyols) Antitrust Litigation (D. Kan.): Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in an antitrust class action alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of chemicals used to make polyurethane foam. Four defendants settled pre-trial for a total of $139 million. After a four-week trial, the jury returned a $400 million verdict for plaintiffs against the final defendant, The Dow Chemical Co., which the district court trebled to more than $1 billion. Dow ultimately settled for $835 million while the case was on appeal, bringing the total recovery to $974 million – nearly 250% of the damages found by the jury.
- In re: Plasma-Derivative Protein Therapies Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.): Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs alleging a conspiracy to reduce the supply and increase prices of IVIG and Albumin – life-saving therapies derived from blood plasma. Mr. Koffman and his team obtained settlements totaling $128 million to compensate customers who were overcharged for these vital therapies.
- In re: Dental Supplies Antitrust Litigation (E.D.N.Y): Co-lead counsel for a proposed class of dental practices and dental laboratories. The case alleges that Defendants Henry Schein, Inc., Patterson Companies, Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company – the three largest dental supply and dental equipment distributors in the United States – fixed price margins on dental equipment, jointly pressured manufacturers to squeeze out competitors, and agreed not to “poach” each other’s employees, in violation of federal antitrust law. The court granted final approval to an $80 million settlement on June 24, 2019. In approving the settlement, the Honorable Brian M. Cogan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York stated, “This is a substantial recovery that has the deterrent effect that class actions are supposed to have, and I think it was done because we had really good Plaintiffs' Lawyers in this case who were running it.”
- In re: Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation (W.D.N.C.): Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for polyester staple fiber; the case settled for $46 million.
Current cases include:
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Antitrust Litigation (D. Nev.): Co-Lead Counsel in a class action on behalf of MMA fighters alleging that Zuffa LLC – commonly known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship – has unlawfully monopolized the markets for promoting live professional MMA bouts and for purchasing the services of professional MMA fighters. The district court denied defendant’s motion to dismiss the case in September 2015.
- In re: Treasuries Securities Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Co-Lead Counsel in a ground-breaking antitrust and Commodity Exchange Act class action alleging many of the nation’s biggest banks manipulated the multi-trillion-dollar market for U.S. Treasuries and related instruments.
In 2016, Law360 named Mr. Koffman a Competition Law MVP – one of only five attorneys (and only two plaintiffs’ attorneys) to be so honored. The Legal 500 has recognized Mr. Koffman as a Leading Lawyer for "Litigation - Mass Tort and Class Action: Plaintiff Representation - Antitrust" for eight years in a row, describing him as a “strong brief writer and an excellent oral advocate.” In 2017, Mr. Koffman was inducted to the inaugural “Legal 500 Hall of Fame." Mr. Koffman was also named as one of the world’s leading competition lawyers by Global Competition Review in the U.S. Plaintiffs section of Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2016 and 2019).
Mr. Koffman served as a law clerk to two Federal Judges: James B. McMillan, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Koffman attended Wesleyan University, where he received a B.A. in English, with honors, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Koffman is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.