Joe Tringali has represented plaintiffs and defendants in jury and bench trials and argued appeals in federal and state appellate courts in diverse areas, including antitrust, breach of contract, copyright infringement, false advertising, employment discrimination and civil rights. Primarily, he has litigated antitrust actions and counsels clients under the Sherman, Clayton, Robinson-Patman and Hart-Scott-Rodino Acts, including cases alleging monopolization, price-fixing, market and bid allocations, and other restraints of trade, as well as price discrimination.
He has obtained antitrust clearance for numerous merger transactions before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state antitrust enforcement agencies, as well as other competition authorities around the world, including representing:
- US Foods in its proposed acquisition by Sysco
- Silver Lake Partners in its acquisition of Dell
- Sealy in its acquisition by Tempur-Pedic
- Wyeth in its sale to Pfizer
- Varian Semiconductor in its acquisition by Applied Materials
- Bowne in its sale to R.R. Donnelly
- Alpharma in its acquisition by King Pharmaceuticals
- Altivity Packaging in its acquisition by Graphic Packaging
- KeySpan in its acquisition by National Grid
- Kmart in its acquisition of Sears
In addition, he successfully represented Viacom in the dismissal of a putative consumer class action challenging the alleged bundling of cable programming services, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Centerview in obtaining dismissal of an antitrust action arising out of their acquisition of DelMonte Foods Co. He represented Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in a civil antitrust action alleging collusion among private equity firms for large leveraged buyouts; Viacom in a lawsuit by Cablevision alleging bundling of Viacom’s programming services; and Express Scripts in an antitrust action brought by certain independent pharmacies alleging that certain PBMs conspired to fix reimbursement rates. He also represented MasterCard in antitrust actions brought against it by American Express and Discover, and Weyerhaeuser in several monopolization cases.
Joe has also done substantial pro bono litigation, including obtaining the release of HIV+ Haitian refugees who were being indefinitely detained on Guantanamo after a bench trial, and jury verdicts against agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and in a separate case against New York City Corrections Officers for violations of constitutional rights. He has also submitted numerous amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as other courts, in marriage equality cases and other matters.
He has been recognized in the antitrust field by the following publications: Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal (Competition), and the Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers. Recently, Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation (2012) ranked him as a “Litigation Star” for Antitrust in New York. Joe joined the Firm in 1983 and became a partner in 1989. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1977 and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1980, where he was an editor of the Law Review.