Robert M. Langer

Partner

Robert M. Langer
Partner
office Hartford
phone 860-297-3724
fax860-525-9380
emailrlanger@wiggin.com
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Biography

Bob is recognized as one of the country's foremost authorities on antitrust, consumer protection, and trade regulation law. He possesses unparalleled experience in counseling, litigation, and regulatory investigations in the field, and he is co-author of the definitive treatise on unfair trade practices and antitrust legal practice.

A Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and Co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group, Bob's experience includes class actions and representing clients in both federal and state courts and before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and offices of state attorneys general and state consumer protection agencies throughout the US.

Bob leverages more than two decades of experience as Assistant Attorney General in Connecticut, where he litigated numerous antitrust and consumer matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts. His four decades of accomplishments have earned him a host of prestigious accolades, including:

  • The Medal of Excellence from the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, the 11th recipient in 40 years.
  • A Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Awards, granted to 35 authors from more than 1,000 submitting firms.
  • A Marvin Award from the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).
  • An outstanding service award from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Bob is a Charter Fellow and former Chair of the James W. Cooper Fellows Program and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was named Best Lawyers' antitrust lawyer of the year for Hartford on several occasions and is the only Connecticut antitrust attorney currently listed as a Super Lawyer.

Prior to joining Wiggin and Dana in 1994, Bob participated in more than 20 cases in the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court, including the first decisions under both the Connecticut Antitrust Act (in a 1975 case) and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) in a 1981 case. He has also assisted in drafting amendments for both statutes.

Additionally, Bob has participated in numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Leegin v. PSKS (2007), which overturned century-old precedent related to vertical price fixing, and Hartford Fire v. California (1993), a defeat against foreign reinsurers conspiring to harm U.S. consumers.

In September 2005, at the behest of a Congressional commission, Bob was one of three participants to testify on the subject of the state action immunity doctrine.
 

From 1990 to 1992, Bob served as Chair of the NAAG Multistate Antitrust Task Force. NAAG established the now commonplace model of multistate attorney general cooperation in consumer protection. That model was born with Bob's and others' work in the 1970s to forge a landmark agreement with General Motors for secretly installing Chevrolet engines in Oldsmobiles.

Bob has participated in numerous pro bono initiatives, including the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), which, after Bob helped FFC obtain a successful Business Review Letter from the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, now shares documented data about wages and working conditions in foreign manufacturing settings, and shares Advisory Opinions from the Federal Trade Commission to enable healthcare nonprofits to pass savings on to their employees and others. As a Cooper Fellow, he helped launch a program to capture the oral histories of pioneering women in the law in Connecticut.

Bob lectures and writes regularly on antitrust, consumer protection, and healthcare topics. Bob is the co-author of Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, a treatise for Connecticut judges, lawyers, and academicians. His op-ed articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Hartford Courant.

Since 1979, Bob has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration's MBA Program and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Bob obtained his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his A.B. from Franklin & Marshall College. Bob was admitted to practice in 1973.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Chair, Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, Section of Antitrust Law
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
    • Member, Advisory Board
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Chair, Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation
    • Member, James W. Cooper Fellows Program
  • Matthew Bender Antitrust Report
    • Member, Board of Editors

Advisories

06.15.2018The LabMD Decision Reins In the FTC's Authority to Issue Broadly Worded and Ill-Defined Orders
02.12.2018Faculty Non-Poaching Agreements Pose Significant Antitrust Risks
12.12.2017Federal Bankruptcy Unavailable To Cannabis Companies per DOJ Directive
01.17.2017Consumer Review Fairness Act Prevents Companies From Stifling Negative Consumer Reviews
10.25.2016 Court Rules CFPB Unconstitutional and Finds CFPB Improperly Applied Mortgage Lending and Reinsurance Laws
08.31.2015Third Circuit Affirms FTC's Ability to Bring Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions
06.04.2015Competition News, June 2015
02.03.2015FTC Announces New Premerger-Notification and Interlocking-Directorate Thresholds
10.07.2014FTC Publishes Revised Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments
03.04.2014New Guidance on Providing Financial Services to Medical Marijuana Businesses
05.07.2013A Data Privacy and Security Checklist for Management
11.02.2012The FTC's Revised Green Guides
01.14.2011Antitrust and Consumer Protection Newsletter

Published Works

03.03.2017Consumer Review Fairness Act Codified Consumers' Right to ComplainTerraLex Connections
02.07.2017Congress Protects Negative Online ReviewsCBIA
05.04.2016Is It Time to Extinguish CUTPA's "Cigarette Rule"Connecticut Lawyer
02.24.2016State Antitrust Law and the ConstitutionTerraLex Connections
11.06.2015State Antitrust Law and The ConstitutionBloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
07.24.2015Unilateral Price Policies in the Contact Lens Industry: Can Manufacturers Be Forced to Sell to Every Retailer?Bloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
05.08.2015North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC - What Hath the Supreme Court Wrought?Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, Bloomberg BNA
01.02.2015A Call to Action: Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project Seeks 2015 ApplicantsABA Section of Antitrust Law, State Enforcement Committee Newsletter, Vol. VII, No. 3
08.15.2013Business Torts as Little FTC Act Claims: Does the Difference Really Make a Difference?ABA Section of Antitrust Law Business Torts & RICO News
11.01.2012State Antitrust Law: A Trap for the UnwaryCPI Antitrust Chronicle
09.30.2011The Second Prong of the 'Cigarette Rule' Continues to Serve as a Basis for Finding Unfairness Under Several 'Little FTC Acts'Antitrust & Trade Reglation Report
12.30.2010So You Still Think You're Safe Under the Antitrust Laws? Another Word of Advice To Those Who Would Ignore The StatesAntitrust Report, Issue 4, 2010
05.17.2010Practical Application of Consumer Privacy Laws to Franchised Businesses*
07.10.2009Brown & Brown, Inc. v. Blumenthal Amicus Brief
06.30.2009Chapter 8: ConnecticutABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Practice and Statutes (4th ed. 2009)
07.24.2007U.S. Supreme Court Today - Term in ReviewThe United States Law Week, Vol. 76, No. 4
10.06.2006Unfair Trade Practices (Volume 12, Connecticut Practice Series)Unfair Trade Practices, Vol. 12, Connecticut Practice Series, Thomson West
04.08.2005Class Action Fairness Act of 2005Reprinted with the permission of the Connecticut Lawyer. Connecticut Lawyer April 2005 and reprinted in the Arkansas Lawyer, Winter 2006
11.06.2002So You Think You're Safe Under the Antitrust Laws? A Word of Advice to Those Who Would Ignore the StatesMatthew Bender Antitrust Report, Fall 2002
04.09.2002ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee — Serving The Client And The Public: Lessons From A Former State Assistant Attorney GeneralAmerican Bar Association - Section of Antitrust Law: Consumer Protection Update
07.19.2001Global Merger Control in the New Millennium Reproduced with permission from Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, Vol. 81, No. 2016 (July 13, 2001) p. 45. Copyright 2001 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)
10.27.2000Ongoing Lessons From Poughkeepsie Reprinted with permission from Matthew Bender's Antitrust Report, October 2000
10.26.2000State Attorneys General: The Third Prong in the Antitrust TriadThe Antitrust Review of the Americas 2001: Global Competition Review Special Report
10.01.1999Can the King's Physician (Also) Do No Wrong?Reprinted with permission from Mathew Bender's Antitrust Report October 1999
10.01.1998Should the Antitrust Division, the FTC, and State Attorneys General Formally Allocate the Market for Antitrust Enforcement?Matthew Bender's Antitrust Report (October 1998 pp. 2-6)
06.01.1998State Antitrust Enforcement Committee on State Antitrust Enforcement, American Bar Association, Section on Antitrust
12.01.1997Antitrust Guidelines Revisions to Encourage the Development of Provider Networks
06.01.1997Recent Developments Concerning the Non-Profit Institutions ActHealth Care Antitrust Manual Volume 4, No. 4
02.01.1997The Revised Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care May Substantially Advance the Creation of New Provider NetworksAntitrust Report (February 1997 pp. 3-6)
10.01.1996New Guidelines Try to Reverse Perceived 'Chilling Effect' on Network DevelopmentHealth Care Antitrust Manual Volume 3, No. 8 (October, 1996)
08.01.1996Coordinated State Antitrust Enforcement: Federalism in the '90sThe Multimedia Law Report, Reprinted with Permission
12.01.1995The Impact of the New Antitrust Guidelines on Licensing The Law Works
04.27.1995Enforcement by Antitrust Division Suggests New Attitude Toward Most-Favored National Clauses BNA Health Law Reporter, V. 4, Reprinted with Permission

News

08.15.2018Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 29 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.19.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner Appointed Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
05.31.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner on Anticompetitive Regulations
02.15.2018Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in The Capitol Forum Article
01.23.2018Wiggin and Dana Files Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court
11.20.2017Super Lawyers Recognize 37 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
11.10.2017Wiggin and Dana attorney is the only Connecticut Antitrust Litigation lawyer recognized by Super Lawyers: New England 2017
11.10.2017Wiggin and Dana Partner Co-authors New Edition of Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust Treatise
09.22.2017Seven Wiggin and Dana Partners Named Best Lawyers 2018 "Lawyers of the Year"
08.15.2017Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.06.2017U.S. District Court Judge Janet C. Hall Dismisses Total Wine's Claim
03.06.2017Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg Law Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
01.05.2017Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Appears on Financial Management Network
10.31.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
08.15.2016Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 30 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
06.30.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
05.12.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune Article About Cracking House Foundations
05.06.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Receives Special Recognition Award
04.08.2016The Burton Awards Announces Wiggin and Dana Attorney as
2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards Law Firm Winners
03.24.2016Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Regarding West Virginia Merger Bill
10.29.2015Wiggin and Dana Partner Receives Medal of Excellence Award
10.28.2015Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer
Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
10.19.2015Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Regarding FTC Staff Guidance
10.01.2015Wiggin and Dana Partner Speaks to the United States Council on International Business
09.24.2015Wiggin and Dana Partner Selected to Receive Medal of Excellence Award
08.17.2015Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 31 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
08.17.2015Antitrust Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
07.14.2015On Behalf of Insurer, Wiggin and Dana Nets Biggest Known Reversal of Class Action Judgment in Connecticut
05.14.2015Antitrust Partner Reacts to Recent California Supreme Court Decision
03.04.2015Antitrust Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
10.31.2014Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Quoted in Law360
10.29.2014Super Lawyers Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
10.20.2014Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
08.19.2014Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 33 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
08.07.2014Wiggin and Dana Partner Co-Authors American Bar Association's Antitrust Publication
05.06.2014Bob Langer Featured in FTC Watch
01.24.2014Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Quoted in Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
10.29.2013Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.03.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Featured in American Bar Association Video Presentation
08.15.2013Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 35 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
04.23.2013Wiggin and Dana Successfully Defends the Town of Madison in Dispute Related to Building Permit Fees
02.22.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Quoted in Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
01.16.2013Best Lawyers Names Six Wiggin and Dana Partners as "Lawyers of the Year"
10.18.2012Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
04.09.2012Wiggin and Dana Partner Receives Award from ABA Antitrust Section to Commemorate Service
01.27.2012Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner quoted in BNA Insights Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
11.02.2011Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
09.13.2011Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 32 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
12.09.2010Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
12.09.2010Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors New Edition of "Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust" Treatise
11.06.2009Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
10.27.2008Wiggin and Dana LLP Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Co-Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
11.27.2007Wiggin and Dana Antitrust Partner Robert M. Langer Authors Supplement to Thomson West "Unfair Trade Practices" Treatise
09.06.2007When Can You Set and Enforce Minimum Prices?
02.12.2007Wiggin and Dana Submits Amicus Brief In Landmark Antitrust Case in U.S. Supreme Court
06.21.2006DOJ Approves Fair Factories Clearinghouse
10.04.2005Twenty-Two Wiggin and Dana Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2006
03.22.2005Unfair Trade Practices (Volume 12, Connecticut Practice Series)
12.28.2004Thirteen Wiggin and Dana Lawyers Included in Best Lawyers in America© 2005-06
10.25.2004ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
09.08.2004Wiggin and Dana attorney recognized by Hartford Magazine as "Top Lawyer"
08.26.2004Foreign Antitrust Plaintiffs Not Going Away: Landmark ruling no help to Dow Chemical in jurisdiction fight
04.12.2004Panel Probes Revival of Unfairness Doctrine In FTC or States' Consumer Protection Cases
03.04.2004Attorneys in Wiggin and Dana's Antitrust Practice Group Co-Author the Connecticut Chapter of the Third Edition of the ABA's State Antitrust Practice and Statutes Treatise
02.18.2004ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
01.22.2004Wiggin and Dana announces release of Robert Langer's new CUTPA treatise
11.04.2003Foreign Distributors' Antitrust Suit OKed
06.10.2003ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
05.09.2003Robert M. Langer nominated to Council of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law
12.09.2002Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
10.31.2002Thirteen Wiggin & Dana Lawyers Included in Best Lawyers in America 2003-04©
08.28.2002ABA Newsletter of the Consumer Protection Committee and the Computer & Internet Committee
04.13.2002Langer Helps Persuade CT Supreme Court to Adopt Indirect Purchaser Rule in Landmark Antitrust and CUTPA Case
01.29.2002Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
01.15.2002FTC Staff Advises Nonprofit Institutions Act Covers Drugs Dispensed To Retired Workers
12.21.2001Wiggin & Dana partner Robert M. Langer wins favorable FTC opinion for the Connecticut Hospital Association.
10.22.2001Consumer Bid Against Microsoft Tests Federal Antitrust Doctrine
02.16.2001Newsletter from the Consumer Protection Committee
11.13.2000Robert Langer, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the ABA, Section of Antitrust Law announces Committee's website
10.25.2000Volunteer Profile
09.11.2000Connecticut Judge Socks Microsoft with $1 Million in Punitives

Events

10.05.2018CLE Wine, Beer & Spirits Law Conference
09.26.2018The Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act: The Basics and Hot Topics
04.12.2018Last Year Today: Consumer Protection 2017
01.24.2018Annual Antiturst Compliance Speech to CHHRA
11.02.2017CUTPA: Hot Topics and Unresolved Issues
06.12.20172017 CBA Connecticut Legal Conference - Critical Developments in Antitrust and the CT Unfair Trade Practices Act
06.02.2017ACG CT June Breakfast Meeting - Greener Pastures-Issues and Trends in Medical Cannabis Investing
06.01.2017Women Grow Connecticut Signature Networking Events
04.06.2017How to Stay Out of Jail! Avoiding Antitrust Problems at Meetings and on Social Media
12.02.2016Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law Meeting
11.15.2016Consumer Protection Update
06.13.2016CUTPA After Four Decades: Addressing the Unanswered Questions
05.03.2016Connecticut Bar Foundation Reception and Annual Meeting of the James W. Cooper Fellows
01.27.2016Annual Antitrust Compliance Program and Overview of 2015 CHA Comp. Survey Results
10.22.2015CUTPA After 40 Years – Why So Many Unanswered Questions?
06.19.2015Competition Law and Responsible Business Conduct
05.11.2015Negotiating Long-Term Requirements Contracts with Suppliers: Lessons from the Drafting Table and the Courtroom
04.27.2015CUTPA After 40 Years – Why So Many Unanswered Questions?
04.21.2015Drafting Settlement Agreements in Litigation
02.06.2015Litigating Common Problem Areas
01.28.2015Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
07.23.2014The Future of Resale Price Maintenance
07.11.2014State Interaction with Foreign Entities
06.19.2014Distilling Issues in Alcohol Distribution
06.12.2014When Advertising Goes Wrong: False and Deceptive Advertising in the Industry
02.04.2014Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
06.17.2013Consumer Law Update: CUTPA and Health Care
03.01.2013Business Torts as Little FTC Act Claims: Does it Really Make a Difference?
01.30.2013Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
12.07.20122012 Winter State Policy Conference
06.11.2012Cutting Edge Issues Under CUTPA and the Connecticut Antitrust Act: What Every Litigator Needs to Know
02.24.2012What's Unfair?: Divergent Standards for Evaluating Unfair Trade Practices
01.31.2012Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
01.30.2012State Consumer Protection Laws: Enforcement and Litigation Trends in Connecticut and Massachusetts Part 5 in a Bi-Monthly Series of Teleseminars
10.27.2011Certify This! Hot Topics in Class Action Law
06.14.2010Consumer Law Update
05.17.2010Practical Application of Consumer Privacy Laws to Franchised Businesses
04.21.2010Handling State Attorney General Advertising Cases: Substantive and Procedural Considerations
02.02.2010Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
10.14.2009Distribution Issues in the North Atlantic Triangle Part II: Resale Price Maintenance - The New Lay of the Land
06.18.2009ABA Section of Antitrust Law Consumer Protection Conference
03.25.2009ABA Section of Antitrust Law: Cross National Perspectives on Consumer Protection
02.03.2009Annual Antitrust Compliance Program
10.14.2008Federal Trade Commission at 100
06.20.2008Connecticut Association of Health Care Recruiters Quarterly Meeting
02.04.2008January 2008 Consumer Protection Update
11.05.2007Connecticut Bar Association: Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section Meeting
10.09.2007National Association of Attorneys General Centennial Symposium
07.11.2007U.S. Supreme Court Antitrust Decisions: A Retrospective
04.26.2007Business Ethics and Compliance Conference
04.18.2007"Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire" : Deceptive Conduct by Dominant Firms :
 Implications for Antitrust and Consumer Protection
03.15.2007Business Ethics and Compliance Conference
01.30.2007ABA Consumer Protection Conference
12.04.2006Telephonic Program: Consumer Update November 2006
03.29.200654th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting
11.10.20052005 Annual National Lawyers Convention
09.29.2005Immunities and Exemptions: The State Action Doctrine
09.28.2005NAAG Multistate Antitrust Task Force Seminar
06.16.2005CLE Program: Class Actions 2005
03.03.2004WESFACCA Chapter Event
04.24.2002ABA 50th Annual Antitrust Spring Meeting: General Sessions
04.08.2002Emerging Regulatory Challenges In Corporate America
04.04.2002Civil Liberties After September 11th: A Closer Look at Detention Powers
04.04.2002Time For Ideas In Libraries
01.08.2002Annual Antitrust Back to Basics & Antitrust Compliance Program

office Hartford
phone 860-297-3724
fax860-525-9380
emailrlanger@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Franklin & Marshall College, A.B., 1970

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US Supreme Court


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