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Robert A. Atkins

Partner

Tel: 212-373-3183
Fax: 212-492-0183  
ratkins@paulweiss.com

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

Bob Atkins has been a litigator at Paul, Weiss for 27 years, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the Chairman of the firm’s legal ethics committee. He has tried cases in state and federal courts, most recently an antitrust trial in the Eastern District of Texas. Bob has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Lawyers” in the U.S. in Antitrust Litigation.

Experience

Bob handles litigations and government investigations in a wide range of matters and industries, including antitrust and product liability class actions in the medical products business, mass tort actions arising from the 9/11 attacks, struggles for corporate control in the insurance and newspaper industries, charges of payola in the radio industry, false advertising lawsuits in the healthcare industry, and trademark and copyright infringement in the movies and on TV.

Bob represents Becton Dickinson (BD) in antitrust lawsuits and class actions, as well as government investigations regarding the sale of medical devices. Bob defended BD in a nine-year antitrust class action in the District of New Jersey, alleging monopolization and exclusive dealing, including a successful appeal to the Third Circuit that established the standard for direct purchaser standing in that circuit. In re Hypodermic Prods. Antitrust Litig., 484 Fed. Appx. 669 (3d Cir. 2012). Bob tried a Sherman Act case for BD in Tyler, Texas, winning a defense verdict on all the Section 1 and Clayton Section 3 claims.

Bob also represented CIT Group in winning a motion to dismiss before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and confirming the victory on appeal to the Third Circuit in a price-fixing conspiracy case. CIT and co-defendants were accused of violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act by sharing confidential information about their clients' customers and reaching agreements regarding the terms and conditions of credit to be extended.

He represents IBM in unfair competition litigation.

Bob also defends product liability and negligence suits involving allegations of unsafe pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, the transmission of infectious diseases, and occupational exposure to asbestos.  He represented:

  • Boeing against design defect claims in the multi-billion dollar property damage lawsuits arising from the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
  • Becton Dickinson in product defect class actions and individual suits claiming fatal injuries to healthcare workers.
  • Take-Two Interactive in dismissing wrongful death and strict liability claims against the creator of the Grand Theft Auto video game.

Bob has litigated high profile disputes over corporate control and management, including the representation of AIG, the litigations between Hollinger and its former CEO Lord Conrad Black, and the thwarted hostile takeover of True North Communications.

In addition to his commercial practice, Bob regularly litigates voting rights cases and Constitutional challenges to voter registration and identification laws.  Bob serves as a Member of the Board of the Brennan Center for Justice.

 

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