On December 28, the Western District of New York denied class certification in Miami Products & Chemical Co. v. Olin Corp, 1:19-cv-00385, an antitrust lawsuit alleging collusion over the price for caustic soda—a chemical used in various industries from pharmaceuticals to detergents. The proposed class of caustic soda purchasers alleged that defendants, the largest soda manufacturers, colluded to increase prices through parallel public price announcements. After closely scrutinizing the parties’ dueling economic expert reports, the court determined that plaintiffs had not satisfied the predominance standard of Rule 23(b)(3) as to questions of antitrust injury for two principal reasons.Continue Reading Rigorous Scrutiny of Expert Evidence Results in Denial of Caustic Soda Class Certification
Eli Nachmany is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He advises clients on administrative law issues and complex civil litigation, with particular expertise in appellate matters. Eli works across industries, focusing primarily on sports and gaming.
Prior to joining the firm, Eli clerked for Judge Steven J. Menashi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also an adjunct instructor at New York University, where he taught an undergraduate sports management course during the Spring 2023 semester about the NFL Draft. Eli’s writing on administrative law and executive power has appeared or is forthcoming in the BYU Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum.