Robert M. Langer is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and head of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group. Mr. Langer is involved in all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation counseling and litigation, including class actions, representing clients in both federal and state courts, and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, as well as offices of state attorneys general throughout the United States.
Before joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Mr. Langer was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Department of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, where for more than twenty years he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Langer has participated in more than twenty cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court involving interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA") and the Connecticut Antitrust Act. He has also assisted in the drafting of many of the important substantive amendments to both statutes. Additionally, Mr. Langer has participated in numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court involving interpretation of the federal antitrust laws. Most recently. Mr. Langer collaborated in the drafting of the influential amicus brief filed by PING in Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007), which case overruled an almost 100 year precedent, Dr. Miles Medical Co. v. John D. Park & Sons Co., 220 U.S. 373 (1911) that had held resale price maintenance ("RPM") per se unlawful. Leegin held that resale price maintenance will now be subject to the Rule of Reason under the Sherman Act.
A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.), Mr. Langer was admitted to practice in 1973.
Mr. Langer served as Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Multistate Antitrust Task Force from 1990 to 1992, and in that capacity served as the NAAG Representative to the Council of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Mr. Langer currently serves as Chair of the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. He previously served as the Section's Finance Officer, a member of the Council, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, Co-Chair of the Federal and State Legislative Policy Task Force, Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chair of the State Antitrust Enforcement Committee. He has also contributed to numerous Section publications, including several editions of Antitrust Law Developments, every edition of State Antitrust Practice and Statutes and most recently, as a member of the Editorial Board of Consumer Protection Law Developments, editing significant portions of the over 200 page state law chapter of this comprehensive treatise on state, federal and international consumer protection law.
From 1979 to 2013, Mr. Langer served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration, MBA Program, where he taught constitutional, antitrust and trade regulation law. In 2014, he began teaching state unfair trade practices law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Mr. Langer is a member of both the Bureau of National Affairs Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report Advisory Board and the Board of Editors of the Matthew Bender Antitrust Report. He is the past Co-Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee of WESFACCA (formerly the Corporate Bar Association of Westchester and Fairfield).
Mr. Langer lectures and writes regularly on antitrust, consumer protection, and health care topics. Mr. Langer is the co-author of a treatise, entitled Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, published yearly by Thomson Reuters as Volume 12 of its Connecticut Practice Series. He has also written several Op-ed articles on a variety of legal issues for publications such as The New York Times and The Hartford Courant and has been the subject of numerous interviews for publications such as FTC: WATCH, International Merger Law and the ABA's Antitrust magazine.
In 1991, Mr. Langer received the Marvin Award from NAAG in recognition of his leadership, expertise and achievement in advancing the goals of that organization. In 1994, Mr. Langer was voted by the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation to become a Charter Fellow of the James W. Cooper Fellows Program and served as Chair of the Fellows Program from 2000-2006. He served from 1998-2000 as Chair of the Fellows Advisory Research Committee. In 1995, Mr. Langer received an award for outstanding service to businesses and consumers from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection for his work in the development of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. In 2000, Mr. Langer was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Since 2003 he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in antitrust law and has been named Hartford Litigation Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" since 2013 (for more about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here and for Lawyer of the year, please click here).