Robert W. Cobbs is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Antitrust practice group.
Currently, Mr. Cobbs is litigating the following notable matters:
- Interest Rate Swaps Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein serves as co-lead counsel in a groundbreaking antitrust class action representing the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago and a proposed buy-side investor class against numerous Wall Street investment banks. The class alleges that the defendants conspired to prevent class members from trading IRS on modern electronic trading platforms and from trading with each other, all to protect the banks’ trading profits from inflated bid/ask spreads.
- Stock Lending Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein serves as co-counsel in a groundbreaking antitrust class action alleging that major investment banks conspired to prevent the stock lending market from evolving by boycotting and interfering with various platforms and services designed to increase transparency and reduce costs in the stock lending market.
- ExxonMobil - Aceh, Indonesia (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein is representing eleven Indonesian citizens in a cross-border human rights lawsuit involving allegations of physical abuse, sexual assault, other forms of torture, and murder committed by Indonesian soldiers who were hired by ExxonMobil Corporation.
Mr. Cobbs’ recent successes include:
- Google Wi-Fi Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel in a nationwide class action alleging that Google violated the Wiretap Act when its Street View vehicles secretly collected payload data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Plaintiffs defeated a motion to dismiss raising novel Wiretap Act issues, and the ruling was affirmed on interlocutory appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The court approved a $13 million settlement in March 2020.
- Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Lease Antitrust Litigation (W.D. Okla.): Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in a class action 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 and Kansas. This litigation followed 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. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants illegally conspired to stabilize and depress the price of royalty and bonus payments paid to landowners in the Anadarko Basin oil and gas province — a massive geological formation holding natural gas and oil deposits that includes large parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. Pursuant to this conspiracy, Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants communicated about and agreed on prices, allocated particular geographic areas between themselves, and rigged bids for leases of land, lowering acquisition prices across the region and thereby harming the proposed class of landowners. In April 2019, the court granted final approval of a $6.95 million settlement.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Cobbs clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and for the Hon. J. Rodney Gilstrap, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Mr. Cobbs graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and Russian, magna cum laude with distinction, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. During law school, he served as a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and as a Submissions Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation.