Robert A. Braun is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Antitrust practice group.
Mr. Braun focuses on representing businesses and individuals in class actions and antitrust litigation. He is also experienced in international claims litigation, including representing the victims of state-sponsored terrorism in suits amounting to nearly $1 billion in judgments.
Currently, Mr. Braun is litigating the following notable matters:
- Resistors Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein serves as Interim Co-Lead Counsel in a proposed direct purchaser class action accusing the world’s largest manufacturers of resistors of fixing prices. Mr. Braun was a primary drafter of the class’s briefs successfully opposing dismissal and has taken a leading role in deposition and document discovery.
- 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. Mr. Braun manages all aspects of this litigation, which has resulted in judgments amounting to more than $942 million against the government of Iran.
- LIBOR (Exchange-Traded Class): Cohen Milstein represents investors of Eurodollar futures injured by manipulation of LIBOR by the world’s largest banks in a class action under the Commodity Exchange Act and antitrust laws.
- Cast Iron Soil Pipe & Fittings Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein, as Co-Lead Counsel, represents a putative class of direct purchaser plaintiffs against the two largest soil pipe and fittings manufacturers in the country and the trade association they control in a lawsuit alleging that the defendants engaged in a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy. Following the completion of extensive fact discovery, Mr. Braun and his colleagues obtained a $30 million settlement, which was approved in 2017.
- Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings Antitrust Litigation: Cohen Milstein, as Co-Lead Counsel, represents a class of direct purchaser plaintiffs in a price-fixing case against the three largest manufacturers of ductile iron pipe fittings and a monopolization case against the largest (McWane) for excluding competition in the domestic ductile iron pipe fittings market. Settlements of greater than $17 million have been reached with all defendants.
- 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.
Mr. Braun also maintains an active pro bono practice. He is currently a member of the legal teams in Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington v. Trump and District of Columbia v. Trump, which seek to enjoin President Trump’s unconstitutional receipt of emoluments on behalf of restaurant and hotel plaintiffs and the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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. During law school, Mr. Braun was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and a member of the mock trial team.