Karen Hoffman Lent is head of the Antitrust/Competition Group in Skadden’s New York office, representing a wide variety of clients in antitrust, sports and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate court levels. She also provides general antitrust counseling.

Bio

Ms. Lent was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 and 2019, and named to W@Competition’s 2019 40 in Their 40s list of notable women competition professionals. She also was named by SportsBusiness Journal as a 2016 Power Player in sports law and was named to their 2013 Forty Under Forty list, in addition to being named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in America.

In the antitrust litigation area, Ms. Lent has handled litigations involving price fixing, group boycotts, monopolization, other restraints of trade and class actions. She is representing Citibank in class actions alleging price fixing with respect to U.S. denominated supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds; price fixing with respect to VIX products; and a price fixing and group boycott matter regarding U.S. Treasuries. She also is representing Actavis plc in class actions alleging anticompetitive reverse payment settlements regarding branded drugs Lidoderm and Actos; The Vitol Group in class actions alleging price fixing and market manipulation of North Brent Sea Crude Oil; a company in connection with an investigation into “no-poach” agreements; and five New York law schools in a case alleging they and Barbri engaged in a group boycott of a competing bar review course. Other representations include, among others, Anheuser-Busch InBev in connection with an antitrust challenge to its acquisition of Modelo; Pfizer Inc. in a class action alleging monopolization with respect to the drug Neurontin; Ainsworth Lumber Company in an antitrust class action alleging price fixing in the Oriented Strand Board industry; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in a putative antitrust class action brought by resident physicians; International Paper Company in an antitrust class action alleging price fixing; and IASIS Healthcare in an antitrust action challenging a series of exclusive contracts.

Ms. Lent has extensive experience counseling professional sports leagues and teams on a variety of antitrust and sports law matters. She is representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in litigation brought by student-athletes challenging its eligibility rules; the National Football League (NFL) in litigation brought by photographers alleging violations of intellectual property and antitrust laws; the NFL in a class action brought by retired players alleging negligence in administering prescription painkillers; and the NCAA, National Basketball Association (NBA), NFL, National Hockey League (NHL) and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball in their suit against the state of New Jersey to prevent the authorization and licensing of gambling on the sports leagues’ athletic events. Ms. Lent also represented the NBA in connection with the league’s imposition of discipline upon Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling; and the NBA and four of its teams in a litigation brought by the Spirits of St. Louis regarding the Spirits’ right to receive a portion of the teams’ television revenues.

She also advised the NBA and its member teams in connection with its most recent labor dispute and lockout and has successfully arbitrated several disputes involving disability insurance coverage for NBA players. Ms. Lent represented the NHL in connection with the Phoenix Coyotes’ attempt to relocate the team, out of bankruptcy, over the league’s objection. She also has provided advice on various issues to Madison Square Garden, the PGA Tour and Collegiate Licensing Corporation.

In the area of general antitrust counseling, Ms. Lent advises clients on compliance with basic antitrust statutes, including issues relating to competitor collaborations, unilateral conduct and distribution. She also presents antitrust compliance programs.

Ms. Lent actively works on pro bono matters, and received the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award in 2009 and 2011 for her successful representation of a disabled senior citizen whose landlord illegally overcharged her monthly rent for several years.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1999 (Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review; Order of the Coif; cum laude)
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1995

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Associations

Associate Director, Fordham Competition Law Institute

Karen Hoffman Lent

Partner, Antitrust/Competition; Sports; Complex Litigation and Trials
karen.lent@skadden.com